This is not the first time the ex-Trump administration official has criticised his former boss. He recently released a tell-all book about his days as national security adviser, depicting POTUS as purportedly being incompetent in matters of foreign policy.

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton has once again stepped up his criticism of Donald Trump’s foreign policy. This time he took aim at the president’s approach to Iran, which it slapped with heavy sanctions in 2018 and whose top general, Qassem Soleimani he ordered to kill in January 2020.

In an interview with the Kurdish network Rudaw TV, Bolton stated that all these measures against Iran were insufficient to force the country into abandoning its alleged ambition to acquire nuclear weapons – an aspiration that Tehran strenuously denies.

Still, the former official said that the Iranian government didn’t give “any sign whatever” that they had decided to drop the development of a nuclear programme and hence, in Bolton’s opinion, it should be toppled.

“I think they believe the nuclear capability will help keep them in power, which is the principle reason I think they need to be removed from power and get in place a government that really will renounce the search for nuclear weapons”, the ex-official said.

Bolton alleged that Trump doesn’t want to change the regime in Iran despite it, in the former official’s opinion, being “very unpopular” among the country’s people. He argued that instead of what Trump has been doing all these years, the US should have worked on bringing down the country’s leaders, ayatollahs, and “restoring” democracy in Iran.

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“I think one of the things that we should look for in Iran is the overthrow of the regime. I think it should be US policy to overthrow the ayatollahs and restore the government to the people of Iran”, Bolton said.

The former national security adviser is well known as a hawk and strong opponent of the current Iranian government, advocating its overthrow long before he joined the Trump administration.

He is an avowed supporter of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, an opposition group that in the past was labelled a terrorist organisation by the European Union, Canada, the US, and Japan.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Paul
Paul
2020-08-07 07:08

Perhaps Iran needs nuclear weapons because crazed US officials like Bolton have the impertinence to suggest overthrowing their legitimate government.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-07 20:27
Reply to  Paul

Actually, the ayatoilets came to power with a coup on the new born Iranian post-Shah state. This mix of theocracy and military dictatorship with elections where only those the ayatoilets approve can run for, is so popular that only 2% of Iranian intend Friday prayers in mosques making Iran one of the 2 most irreligious countries on Earth with Estonia… A Theocracy in such a country has obviously no legitimacy.

Zafar Abbas
Zafar Abbas
2020-08-07 10:27

Bolton is a nasty psyhopat who should be jailed in the mental hospital to the rest of his life.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-07 20:28
Reply to  Zafar Abbas

Thus, unlike the Iranian regime, he didn’t sent 18,000 children to the gallows in 1988…

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-08-07 22:47

He is an avowed supporter of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, an opposition group that in the past was labelled a terrorist organisation by the European Union, Canada, the US, and Japan. That’s why I totally disagree with Bolton : the MeK backed Khomeini including when he did his coup on the new-born Iranian democracy. Their ideology is an oxymoron : a mix of communism and Islamism and, by essence, Coran is even more fascist than Mein Kampf. It’s as counter-nature as the Molotov/Von Ribbentrop pact. There are already enough loonies in the region, it’d be replacing the green-plague with… Read more »