John Bolton, Former Trump Advisor, Ready to Testify if Called

John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser, says he is prepared to testify if the Senate summons him in their impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Democrats believe Bolton has direct information to support their allegations of abuse of power by the president. Trump dismissed John Bolton from the post of national security adviser last September. The US president said Bolton had made mistakes in his analyzes of North Korea.

Iranian Ambassador: We Will Not Negotiate With US Despite Bolton’s Ouster

Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations, has said that Iran will not negotiate with the United States, despite John Bolton’s ouster. The day before, US President Donald Trump announced that he had fired Bolton as US National Security Adviser. Mr. Bolton is a hard-line figure and a strong supporter of the MEK in the White House.

Iran Increased Pressure – John Bolton’s Main Goals on His Trip to London

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has traveled to meet with UK Prime Minster Boris Johnson’s top officials to “keep London in line with pressure on Iran and secure shipping in the Gulf.” Iran and the US-UK joint approach to the country are expected to be among the most important issues of Bolton’s meetings and talks with British officials.

Kim Jong-un Inspected Large Newly Built Submarine – Puts Pressure on the United States

Kim Jong-un inspected a new submarine in what looks like a new gesture to pressure the US within the framework of denuclearization talks. While negotiations remain stagnant, North Korea does not stop its military development. North Korean propaganda media yesterday claimed that Kim reviewed the submarine, with a deployment near the waters of the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea in the two Koreas).

House Votes to Restrain Presidential War Powers; Trump Threatens Veto

On Friday, in “the most important foreign policy vote in the United States Congress,” the Democrat-controlled House voted to reauthorize the often-contentious National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)— and tied President Trump’s war-making hands in doing so.  Twenty Republicans voted with the majority on a bipartisan amendment to require the president to get congressional approval before attacking Iran.  The bill now heads to the Senate, where it faces long odds, and the threat of a presidential veto.

Trump / USA may Go it Alone— Without Congress Vote — on Iran Conflict

On Monday, in one of his last acts as acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan announced the United States would send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East.  They will join the roughly 1,500 American troops already there— plus an aircraft carrier strike group, Patriot missile batteries, and bombers— to counter what the Trump administration sees as a threat from Iran.  It is the latest development in a tit-for-tat escalation between the two countries, which some fear may lead to war.  And Congress— nominally, an important player in the use of military force— might not be involved.

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