John Bolton to Iran: Do not mistake US prudence for weakness
Bolton also warned of the possibility of a strike against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
"Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness." "One has granted a hunting license in the Middle East," Bolton, who has publicly and repeatedly called for regime change in Tehran in the past , said.
The President said Friday he called off an attack because he said there would be too many deaths for a proportionate response to the Downing of the US drone.
The President's stance on the dramatic escalation in relations with Iran has been in stark contrast to harsh public warnings from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and especially the views of Bolton.
Referring to Trump's decision to call for a strike, Bolton threatens possible military action in the future. "The President said," I just stopped the strike from going forward … at that time, "said Bolton on Sunday.
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Bolton concluded his remarks by saying, "Stay tuned."
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates' foreign minister said that a de-escalation of Tensions in the Gulf region could only be addressed via a "political solution."
"Tensions in the Gulf can only be addressed politically," the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates, Anwar Gargash, wrote on Twitter <a full size>
in the making, he added.
In response to Bolton's comments, Iran's foreign minis Netanyahu, Bolton, UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – which was "moments away from trapping [President Trump] into" with Iran.
"Prudence prevented it," Iran's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said on Sunday
in an apparent nod to Trump calling the attacks Thursday. But added the Trump's administration's policy of maximum pressure "brings tension."
He added that he had "more evidence" of a planned attack involving "encroachment of a MQ9 spy drone," the purchase of speedboats and "Iran."
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Tensions have spiked in the region since the US withdrew from the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran last year.
The US standoff with Iran escalated Monday when the Trump administration announced the deployment of 1,000 additional troops and additional military resources to the Middle East.
By Thursday, the Revolutionary Guard Corps said it had shot down at "intruding American spy
The location of the drone's downing has become a point of contention, with the trump administration insisting on the drone of international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.
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He said Saturday that the US was putting extra sanctions on Iran, he said, "Make Iran Great Again" should agree with Tehran a nuclear weapons ban.
CNN's Kevin Liptak, Nicole Gaouette and Nada Bashir contributed to this report.