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FM Zarif Urges US to Stop Boltonian Policies.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the White House imposed new sanctions against Tehran concurrent with the dismissal of US National Security Advisor John Bolton, urging Washington to put an end to its hawkish policies now that it has fired "the warmonger-in-chief".

In a tweet on Wednesday, Zarif said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin managed to get US President Donald Trump sign an executive order to impose a new round of sanctions against Tehran, concurrent with the firing of Bolton.

According to the top diplomat, the new sanctions came while the whole world - except for those few who are sympathetic with hawkish policies - were "breathing a sigh of relief over ouster of the B-Team's henchman in the White House".

He described the new sanctions as "further escalation of Economic Terrorism against Iran".

Zarif concluded his post with reiterating the position that firing Bolton is not enough, underlining, "Thirst for war -- maximum pressure -- should go with the warmonger-in-chief."

Earlier on Tuesday, Trump fired Bolton, saying he has "disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions".

"I informed John Bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the White House. I disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the Administration, and therefore I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning," Trump said in a tweet.

"I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week," Trump continued.

This comes about 90 minutes before Bolton was expected to appear at a press briefing with Pompeo and Mnuchin.

Bolton offered a slightly different version of events than Trump, saying, "I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow.'"

Trump had sometimes joked about Bolton's image as a warmonger, reportedly saying in one Oval Office meeting that "John has never seen a war he doesn't like."

Bolton has adopted an aggressive approach towards Iran since his appointment to the top post by Trump. Independent observers have accused him of conniving with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in order to provoke a military conflict between Iran and the United States.

Bolton has also opposed Trump's peace initiative towards North Korea and urged the president to pursue gunboat diplomacy against the East Asian country.

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