Bolton’s belief puts US on dangerous path with Iran: Pak expert

Islamabad, May 21, IRNA -- A Pakistani expert says US national security advisor John Bolton’s belief puts the country on a very dangerous path with regard to Iran.

Hassan Niazi in his article published in Express Tribune said the world cannot depend on the current US administration to make sensible choices.

The analyst said the ‘Iran Nuclear Deal’ was a triumph of diplomacy that occurred during the Obama presidency.

“The deal was simple: in return for Iran curbing its nuclear ambitions, the US and its European allies would lift economic sanctions. By all accounts that are considered fair and objective, Iran kept its word in the deal,” he said.

He added one year ago, Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal. “A move that was by itself quite problematic but things got worse when he appointed John Bolton as his national security adviser,” the analyst noted.

Niazi went on to say that John Bolton has made it his mission to bring about government change in Iran and he is not hesitant in finding a reason that will allow him to do so.

“Bolton’s belief puts the US on a very dangerous path with regard to Iran,” he warned. He said despite Iran’s commitment to the nuclear deal, Bolton has started tightening the screws on the Iranian economy by reinstating sanctions on Iran.

“My opinion is that it is a way to force Iran to also withdraw from the nuclear deal that it is now still a part of with three European nations,” the expert said.

The analyst went on to say now, Iran has decided to send a signal to the Europeans it has stated that it may withdraw from the deal unless the Europeans keep up their end of the bargain.

Hassan Niazi noted this is not an unreasonable request; all Iran wants to know is if there is hope left in the deal any more.

He said the world cannot depend on the current US administration to make sensible choices.

“European security officials have already begun casting doubt on American intelligence regarding threats from Iran. These reports need to be aired more openly and transparently,” said the analyst.

The expert added the world must know the truth from the lies that John Bolton, like Dick Cheney, before him seek to use to justify a war.

“The US may not have learned from history, but the world should,” the columnist viewed.

He said European nations must now play their part. “Those that are part of the nuclear deal can prevent Iran from withdrawing,” Niazi said.

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