US warns Iran: Do not mistake Washington prudence for weakness

Jerusalem, June 23 The United States national security Adviser said that President Donald Trump’s last minute cancellation of a retaliatory attack on Tehran should be misinterpreted as ‘weakness”.

Neither Iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness,” White House national security Adviser John Bolton made the remarks ahead of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.

“Our military is rebuilt new and ready to go,” he added, after Trump called off a planned attack on Iran in response to Tehran downing a U.S. drone on Thursday.

Bolton held discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem at the Israeli leader’s residence and spoke at a joint press conference about the strength of their alliance and the magnitude of the threat that Iran represents in the region.

Bolton emphasized that the White House’s determination not to attack Iran is a temporary decision.

“Netanyahu’s good relationship with Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin augurs well for the meeting and for a better alignment of the policies of these three countries in a series of fundamental security issues,” said Bolton.

Bolton, known for his tough stance against the Iranian regime,insisted that Iran represents a threat to international peace and security in the Middle East and the world.
Netanyahu pointed out that the Iranian threat dates from much earlier than the recent incidents in the Persian Gulf, when an American drone was shot down and two vessels attacked.

Bolton said US will announce new sanctionson Monday that will be imposed on Iran.

Bolton’s visit to Israel came two days before a tripartite meeting between the national security advisors of Israel, Russia and the US to discuss growing tensions in the region and escalating tensions between the US and Iran.

Relations between Tehran and Washington have escalated in recent weeks, with the US deciding to send additional troops, ships and missiles to the Persian Gulf.

Iran has denied any involvement in the incidents and has instead accused the US of trying to destabilize the region.

The US has accused Iran of a series of alleged sabotage attacks against oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, most recently on June 13 when the Japanese-operated Kokuka Courageous and Norwegian-owned Front Altair were hit by explosives.

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