A historic trilateral security summit was held in Jerusalem on Tuesday, June 25, between the United States, Israel, and Russia. United States National Security Adviser John Bolton spoke to the media at a summit press conference and expressed serious concerns about the ongoing escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.
“The threat of a nuclear Iran is very real as are the threats of Iran’s support for terrorism, its ballistic missile program, and its other malign activities in the Middle East. So from that perspective we talk to the Russians each time we meet about Iran as an issue and we’re going to continue to do it as long as the Iranian threat remains,” said Bolton.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also in the Middle East to work with allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to deal with the Iranian concerns as well as to build an international coalition to restrain increasing aggression by the Iranian Islamic regime.
Pompeo has condemned the Iranian regime for multiple attacks it has undertaken in the Middle East in recent months. President Trump also referred to Iran’s hostile aggressions while announcing an increase in economic sanctions against Iran yesterday specifically targeting Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei as well as other leaders in the Iranian regime. Bolton listed some of those aggressions at the Jerusalem press conference.
“Look Iran has engaged over the past couple months in a long series of unprovoked and unjustifiable attacks on oil tankers, oil pipelines, shooting down an American drone, and engaging in a whole range of other activity that’s unacceptable,” said Bolton.
In addition to the recent multiple attacks by Iran, Bolton went on to highlight the Iranian regime’s longtime aggressions throughout the Middle East where Iran’s military is continually active in various offensives. The Iranian regime is also widely condemned for supporting multiple terrorist organizations and its military and surrogates have also killed many Americans in combat operations.
“The real issue is the Iranian forces,” said Bolton. “They are a problem in Iraq, they are a problem in Syria, they’re a problem in Lebanon, they’re a problem in Yemen, they’re a problem in Afghanistan. And I include in that the surrogates for Iran and the Quds Force, Shia militia groups, Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups.”
In addition to the multiple aggressions being committed by Iran across the Middle East, the security adviser listed the specific threat to Israel posed by the Iranian regime’s attempts to deploy missiles near the Israeli border.
Hostilities and hatred from the Iranian regime toward Israel have been long held. The regime does not recognize Israel as a legitimate state and former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was translated by the Iranian state media in a speech saying, “Israel must be wiped off the map,” Bolton stated U.S. concerns over the attempts by the Iranian regime to move its missiles closer to the Israeli border.
“That’s why these activities by Iran are so threatening and obviously their presence in Syria is of particular concern to Israel because of the common border and because of Israel being within range of Iranian missile capabilities that they’ve been trying to bring into Syria and more recently bring into Iraq,” Bolton said.
The United States has thus far shown restraint in responding to the multiple aggressions and increasing threats by the Iranian regime. Bolton said that the Iranian regime would be unwise to continue its hostilities.
“It would be a big mistake for Iran to continue this kind of behavior,” Bolton said.
Last Thursday night the United States was on the verge of conducting a military strike against Iran in response to the most recent Iranian aggression of shooting down a U.S. drone. President Trump asked a general to estimate the number of Iranian deaths, which were estimated at 150. President Trump canceled the attack at the last minute saying that 150 lives lost were not proportionate to the downing of a drone. However, the president said Monday that the forbearance shown so far should not be taken for granted.
“A lot of restraint has been shown by us, a lot of restraint and that doesn’t mean we’re going to show it in the future,” said President Trump.