Zarif: World catching on to Bolton’s chronic warmongering
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Zarif: World catching on to Bolton’s chronic warmongering

Tweeting on Tuesday, Zarif wrote, “Today, the world's catching on to Amb. John Bolton’s chronic warmongering.” The top diplomat cited many evidenced revelations across the US media and elsewhere to exemplify his remarks. The tweet incorporated a snapshot of a 2018 article in The New York Times that showed how Bolton had been promoting the notorious and deadly anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) as “viable opposition” and an alternative to the establishment in the Islamic Republic. Zarif also attached another image captured from a profile published by The New Yorker on Monday that detailed Bolton’s idiosyncrasies, including by citing a former senior advisor to the US administration’s remarks that “John wants to bomb everyone.” “But Iranians didn’t need to read a 10,000-word New Yorker profile to be convinced,” Zarif chided. “We've seen him (Bolton) shill for a cult terror group,” he tweeted. The Iranian foreign minister was referring to evidence showing how Bolton had received a $40,000 “speaking fee” to address the MKO’s annual gathering in Paris. “…and—along with his B-Team accomplices—target Iranians with Economic Terrorism,” he added. Zarif was echoing remarks he had made to Fox News on Sunday, in which he identified the B-Team as Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The US has been pursuing a policy of “maximum pressure” against Iran under US President Donald Trump, which has Bolton as its top security aide. The policy has seen Washington reinstating draconian economic sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic. Washington has been enlisting the assistance of its regional allies in implementing the policy. Recently, it said that it would target every country potentially buying Iran’s oil as of May 2 with “secondary sanctions.” Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates immediately reported that they would be making up for potential shortages of the Iranian crude.

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