DONALD TRUMP’S appointment of John Bolton as his new National Security Advisor could dramatically alter the US’ approach towards Iran and its nuclear deal, a leading expert and author has hinted.
Trita Parsi, the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, stated that the appointment of Mr Bolton has “prompted celebrations of Iran deal detractors”, suggesting that Mr Trump’s new advisor could sway him into abandoning the deal.
The expert said: “The nuclear deal with Iran hangs by a thread.
“The appointment of John Bolton — an unapologetic proponent of war with Iran — as US national security advisor has prompted celebrations among Iran deal detractors.
“The announcement that nuclear talks with North Korea will be held around the same time that US President Donald Trump must decide whether to keep or kill the Iran deal has further complicated the picture.”
Mr Parsi drew parallels between the US’ relations with both North Korea and Iran, both of which are approaching decisive moments that will surely define tensions for years to come, and insisted that Mr Bolton will be “more than happy to enable Trump’s worst instincts” at such a crucial time.
He went on: “Conventional wisdom declares that Trump would be foolish to kill the Iran deal (formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) if he genuinely seeks to reach an agreement with the North Koreans.
- “If Trump shows that he does not honor America’s agreements, why would Pyongyang strike a deal with him?
“But Trump is anything but conventional. His logic runs in the opposite direction, and Bolton will be more than happy to enable Trump’s worst instincts.”
The award-winning author theorized that the Republican firebrand may be willing to abandon the Iran nuclear deal to show despot leader Kim Jong-un that he would be willing to walk away from the negotiating table next month if North Korea does not agree to give up its devastating and threatening arsenal of weapons.
He continued: By killing the JCPOA, Trump thinks he’ll signal to the North Koreans that they should have no doubt that he is ready to walk away from the talks if he doesn’t get what he wants.
“After all, walking away from ongoing negotiations is much easier than killing an existing deal.”
Mr Bolton has consistently displayed a more aggressive foreign policy mentality than his predecessor, H.R. McMaster, that long disagreed with Donald Trump.
Back in 2015 Mr Bolton wrote an article entitled “to stop Iran’s bombs, bomb Iran”, that blasted Barack Obama for bringing a “bad situation to the brink of catastrophe”.Mr Trump’s new National Security Advisor claimed that military action was needed to quell tensions with Iran once and for all.