The Latest: Bolton says US 'prudence' on Iran isn't weakness

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 23, 2019 7:58 AM

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Tehran, Iran) -- U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton says Iran should not "mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness."

Speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem Sunday, Bolton says no one has granted Iran a "hunting license in the Middle East."

The comments come days after President Donald Trump announced he called off military strikes on Iran after learning approximately 150 Iranians would be killed, saying it would've been out of proportion to the shooting down of an unmanned American surveillance drone by Iran.

Bolton, a longtime Iran hawk, says sanctions will continue against Tehran and that the U.S. reserves the right to attack it at a later point.

He emphasized that Trump had only "stopped the strike from going forward at this time.'"

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