Iranian Newspapers on Bolton Exit

September 13, 2019

A range of Iranian newspapers devoted part of their front pages to National Security Advisor John Bolton’s exit from the Trump administration. Prior to taking office in April 2018, he was an outspoken critic of the nuclear deal. Bolton also advocated for regime change in Tehran and the use of military force against the Islamic Republic. At the White House, Bolton was a strong supporter of the administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. Iranian officials and media outlets viewed Bolton as a hawk and an impediment to easing tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Trump tweeted that he fired Bolton because he “disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions.” Bolton denied the claim and said he resigned. The last major disagreement was over a proposal to ease sanctions on Iran to bring it to the negotiating table, which Bolton opposed.

 

Mardom Salari (reformist newspaper) on September 12:

"Mideast Breathes a Sigh of Relief after Removal of Trump’s Most Hawkish Friend"

Mardom Salari Front Page

 

Arman-e Melli (reformist newspaper) on September 11:

"Bolton Suddenly Sacked: Message of Trump’s Move ahead of UNGA"

Arman-e Melli  Front Page
 

Etemad (reformist newspaper) on September 11:

"Bolton Fired: B-Team minus National Security Advisor"

Etemad Front Page

 

Etemad (reformist newspaper) on September 12:

"Big Loser: Why Bolton Was Fired from White House"

Etemad Front Page