Bolton: Even more Iran sanctions planned

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White House national security adviser John Bolton on Monday warned that there are even more Iran sanctions planned, saying the Trump administration is not “simply going to be content” with the level that existed under former President Obama.

Bolton’s comments came as the U.S. reimposed its final round of sanctions against Tehran after leaving the Iranian nuclear deal in May. 

{mosads}”We’re gonna have sanctions that even go beyond this,” Bolton said on Fox Business. “We’re not simply going to be content with the level of sanctions that existed under Obama in 2015.” 

“More are coming,” he pledged, adding, “We are actually going to have very strict, very tight enforcement of the sanctions that exist.” 

Bolton during the interview also said that oil waivers for eight countries are temporary.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in a call with reporters that the administration will grant waivers to eight “jurisdictions” when it reimposed oil and gas sanctions. Those countries include China, India, South Korea, Japan and Turkey. 

“[They] need some time to get down to zero,” Bolton said. “These are not permanent waivers. No way.”

The Trump administration on Monday reimposed the last set of sanctions lifted under the Iran nuclear deal. In addition to hitting Iran’s energy sector, the sanctions will target Iran’s shipping, shipbuilding and financial sectors.

Bolton said the goal is to pressure Tehran to “change their behavior dramatically or face economic disaster.” 

He said he believes the sanctions against Iran have already resulted in “consequences,” noting the Iranian rial has declined 70 percent since they were announced. 

The 2015 Iranian nuclear deal rolled back sanctions against Tehran in exchange for a reduction in the country’s nuclear abilities. The sanctions have been reimposed in stages.

The Trump administration has said its goal is to force Iran to end its “malign activity” in the Middle East as well as curtail its nuclear arsenal. 

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