Top Trump aide says USA does not seek regime change in Iran

All foreign forces staying in Syria without an invitation from Damascus must leave the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday in comments on a statement by US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Mr Trump has said the USA will issue another round of tougher sanctions in November that will target Iran's oil sales and banking sector.

"Some Israeli officials have been floating the idea of a "grand bargain" under which the USA "would ease sanctions" on Russia, imposed after its annexation of Crimea, "in exchange for Russian assistance addressing United States and Israeli concerns about Iranian military entrenchment in Syria", the Los Angeles Times reported, as Netanyahu paid his most recent visit to Moscow, shortly before the Helsinki summit.

"Sanctions are imposed and thus we get evidence that the cause of the sanction policy and its meaning is to take Russian Federation down a peg, so to say". He did not elaborate. With no entry or exit stamps on the tourists' passports, Iran will provide peace of mind for those who want to travel to Iran, the country of friendly people, ancient cultures and intact nature. In return, Iran accepted restrictions on its nuclear activities, increasing the time it would need to produce an atomic bomb - if it chose to do so.

The statement of these countries is nothing more than a sign of support for "any chemical aggression that these terrorist organizations may undertake in the next few days to use this as a pretext for aggression against Syria, as it did in its brutal aggression on 14 April 2018".

Iran's Revolutionary Guards have said it could strike Israeli cities with missiles if it were threatened.

"Iran, not Russian Federation, is the dominant actor in Syria", Perlov wrote, while adding that the Islamic Republic "controls the Syria- Iraq and Syria-Lebanon border crossings, and tailors the re-organization of areas and communities based on an ethnic element".

Trump's campaign to isolate Iran and cripple its economy has put the old adversaries back on a collision course that European signatories to the nuclear accord fear will raise the risk of a broader Middle East war. "We have never started a war and they will not confront Iran militarily", he said. Trump had announced in May that he was pulling the United States out of a Barack Obama-era nuclear agreement with Iran, calling it "decaying and rotten". Neither issue was covered by the 2015 agreement. "So we're obviously going to talk" to the Russians about "what role they can play", Bolton said. So this is not negotiation, but dictatorship.

After a five-hour meeting in Geneva with Putin adviser Nikolai Patrushev, Bolton said that US options include extending the 2010 New Start accord negotiated by President Barack Obama, renegotiating it or returning to the agreement it replaced - the one-page Moscow Treaty signed in 2002 by President George W. Bush.

"Just so there's no confusion here, if the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons we will respond very strongly and they really ought to think about this a long time before they come to any decision", Bolton said. The protests over the cost of living have often turned into anti-government rallies.

U.S. and Israeli policy toward Iran has been closely aligned under Trump.

  • Jon Douglas