Iran: Bolton departure may lead to 'less biased' attitude on Tehran

Iran: Bolton departure may lead to 'less biased' attitude on Tehran
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An Iranian government spokesman said Wednesday that the departure of former national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonAre Democrats building a collapsible impeachment? Live coverage: House holds first public impeachment hearing Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report MORE could lead to better treatment of the country. 

Ali Rabiei said after a Cabinet meeting that Bolton's exit on Tuesday could give the U.S. a “less biased” attitude toward Iran, according to The Associated Press

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He also called Bolton “the symbol of America’s hawkish policies and its animosity toward Iran.”

Bolton has been an opponent of Iran and has expressed support for regime change. President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE, however, has recently expressed openness to meeting with Iranian leaders. 

Bolton's exit comes amid speculation that Trump could meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this month. Washington and Tehran have had a strained relationship since Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal last year. 

Rouhani on Wednesday urged the U.S. to give up "warmongering" in the wake of Bolton's ouster, according to the AP. 

“Americans have to realize that warmongering and warmongers are not to their benefit,” he said in televised remarks. “They should not only abandon warmongering but also abandon their maximum pressure policy.” 

Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Wednesday also doubled down on his criticism of Bolton, who he has said was part of Trump's "B team."

"The world—minus 3 or 2 panicked cohorts—was breathing a sigh of relief over ouster of #B_Team's henchman," Zarif tweeted.

The president tweeted on Tuesday to say that he had fired Bolton, writing, "I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions."

Bolton, however, tweeted that he offered to resign.