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John Bolton: Not Turning 'Screws' to Iran Would Be 'Tragic Mistake'

Fox News' "Outnumbered Overtime With Harris Faulkner"

By    |   Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 03:43 PM

Former U.N. ambassador John Bolton said Thursday it would be a "tragic mistake" for the Trump administration to "turn away the opportunity to put the economic screws" on Iran by continuing to waive sanctions against the country.

In an interview on Fox News' "Outnumbered Overtime With Harris Faulkner,"  Bolton said now that protests are roiling Iran, America should seize the opportunity "to get out of the [nuclear] deal completely" and "bring back all of the sanctions that have been suspended as a consequence of the deal."

"It was never in America's strategic interest," he said of the non-proliferation deal. "It was always intended to benefit Iran, and it has substantially."

"Now especially . . . seeing the . . . the danger the regime is in, to turn away the opportunity to put the economic screws on in a big way, I think, would be a tragic mistake for the administration," he said.

"The argument that somehow or another we would divert attention to ourselves by doing this and that would be a bad thing I think is a council of cowardice. It's up to the United States to protect its own strategic interests. But here we can benefit the people of Iran as well and really peace and stability throughout the Middle East."

Bolton urged President Donald Trump to "seize this opportunity and create a new reality that America has the unique capability to do. Put Iran on notice that we know exactly what they are up to."

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It would be a "tragic mistake" for the Trump administration to "turn away the opportunity to put the economic screws" on Iran, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton told Fox News on Thursday.
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