Bolton says blocking Strait of Hormuz would be Iran’s “worst mistake”

Bolton added that blocking Strait of Hormuz would be Iran’s worst mistake, but that he believes Tehran is bluffing on that threat. (Reuters)

If Iran wants to avoid the re-imposition of US sanctions it should take up President Donald Trump's offer to negotiate, White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday.

Asked in an interview on Fox News what the leaders of Iran could do, Bolton said: "They could take up the president's offer to negotiate with them, to give up their ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs fully and really verifiably not under the onerous terms of the Iran nuclear deal, which really are not satisfactory."

"If Iran were really serious they'd come to the table. We'll find out whether they are or not."

Bolton added that blocking Strait of Hormuz would be Iran’s worst mistake, but that he believes Tehran is bluffing on that threat.

Iranian commander of the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohamad al-Jafari had announced in July that the Strait of Hormuz is "either is for everyone or it is not for anyone", in support of warnings issued by Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani to close it.

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