The US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said that the last-minute decision to cancel an attack, planned in response to Iran’s destruction of a US military surveillance drones, should not be mistaken for weakness.
“Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness,” said Bolton ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
“Our military is rebuilt new and ready to go,” said Bolton, after Trump called off a planned attack on Iran.
“Sanctions are biting and more added last night,” Bolton said, referring to Trump’s announcement of “major” impending sanctions against Tehran. “Iran can never have nuclear weapons ― not against the U.S.A. and not against the world.”
“I have two groups of people: I have doves and hawks,” President Trump said as he acknowledged Bolton’s comments and referred to his advisers. “John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him, he would take on the whole world at one time, OK? But that doesn’t matter because I want both sides.”
“Great meetings today with Israeli PM @Netanyahu and NSA Meir Ben-Shabbat. We reaffirmed our shared priority of confronting Iranian aggression throughout the region by continuing maximum economic pressure and increasing the cost of Iran’s malign activity,” tweeted Bolton Sunday.
Washington has imposed a series of measures against Tehran since Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear accord between Iran and world powers last year.
“We expect that the new sanctions president Trump referred to in preparation for some weeks will be announced publicly on Monday. Stay tuned,” Bolton said.