Iranian officials and state media expressed great pleasure at the termination of U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton, a trenchant critic of the Iranian regime long derided by Tehran as a “warmonger.” The Iranians appeared confident a softening in U.S. policy would accompany Bolton’s departure.
“The move shows that the hardline administration of the U.S. has come to realize that the era of warmongering is over and that if it is to interact with the world, its path is logic,” said Mahmoud Vaezi, chief of staff for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, on Wednesday.
One of Bolton’s loudest critics in Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, refused a request for comment on Wednesday, saying he would “not make any comments on the internal affairs of the United States.”
The other three are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.
A Bloomberg News report on Wednesday cited “three people familiar with the matter” who said Bolton was dismissed for arguing too forcefully against President Donald Trump’s idea of easing sanctions against Iran to set up a meeting between Trump and Rouhani at the U.N. General Assembly.