USA to act 'very strongly' if Syria uses chemical arms: Bolton

USA to act 'very strongly' if Syria uses chemical arms: Bolton

Israel has struck Syria "everytime Iran has brought missiles or other threatening weapons into Syria", US National Security Advisor John Bolton said on Wednesday.

There was no joint statement after the talks, because reportedly Bolton insisted that Russian Federation admit it meddled in the 2016 United States election, and Patrushev countered by asking the U.S. to stop interfering in the affairs of other countries.

The New Start agreement, limiting both sides' strategic nuclear arsenals, expires in early 2021.

"I've heard the idea being suggested, but there's no discussion of it, no decision within the U.S. government", he said. If it does, he said, "there's a possibility of a settlement".

John Bolton's comments to reporters came after a meeting in Geneva with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev. "But what we want is massive change in the regime's behaviour", Bolton said. The fact of his meeting with Patrushev was, Bolton said, one item the presidents had agreed to in their discussion, as part of an effort to work toward restoring diplomatic and other exchanges.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said at the end of a year ago that 48,000 personnel had been deployed.

"We have never started a war and they will not confront Iran militarily", he said.

"We don't think our president really at heart endorses all these positions. yet the people he has hired do", Paul said, bringing up his appointment of Bolton, a neoconservative hawk from the George W. Bush administration.

Bolton addressed the Israel military activity against Iran in Syria during the press conference in Jerusalem.

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However, Mr Bolton said in a Reuters interview: "Iranian activity in the region has continued to be belligerent - what they are doing in Iraq, what they are doing in Syria, what they are doing with Hezbollah in Lebanon, what they are doing in Yemen, what they have threatened to do in the Strait of Hormuz".

US President Donald Trump's national security adviser has warned that the United States would respond "very strongly" if forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad use chemical weapons in an offensive to retake Idlib province.

"I think the effects, the economic effects certainly, are even stronger than we anticipated", he said.

Bolton cautioned, though, that "it is far from easy to achieve".

Top American officials have traditionally participated in the annual ceremonies as a show of US support for Ukraine, which this year celebrates its 27th year of independence from the Soviet Union.

In defiance of warnings from the European Union, the JCPOA signatories and many worldwide players, President Trump signed an executive order on August 6 re-imposing a first round of sanctions on Iran, which were lifted under the nuclear deal, to levy "maximum economic pressure" on the Islamic Republic. Netanyahu raised the possibility of USA recognition in his first White House meeting with President Donald Trump in February 2017.

Mr Bolton's comments come after months of pressure from the United States government, following Donald Trump's decision to abandon a global nuclear deal with Iran. The White House later denied Trump was unaware of the terms of the treaty.

Bolton was asked whether Trump's hard week in Washington, including the felony convictions of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, made him "concerned that your own president is a security risk". "That's clear", Bolton said.

"Of course not, that's a silly question".

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