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Bolton warns Syria against use of chemical weapons

TEL AVIV: U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton has warned the Syrian government it should not see the impending U.S. military withdrawal from the country as an invitation to use chemical weapons. U.S. President Donald Trump said in December that U.S. troops had succeeded in their mission to defeat Islamic State militants and were no longer needed in the country. The announcement, which took officials in Washington and allies abroad by surprise, contributed to Jim Mattis’ decision to resign as U.S. defense…

US to counter China, Russia influence in Africa: Bolton

WASHINGTON: The United States plans to counter the rapidly expanding economic and political influence of China and Russia in Africa, where the two nations use corrupt business practices with little regard for the rule of law, according to prepared remarks on Thursday by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton. The United States’ No 1. priority will be developing economic ties with the region to create opportunities for American businesses and protect the independence of African countries, as well as U.S. national…

Trump slaps ‘tough’ sanctions on Venezuela, targets gold sector: Bolton

MANAGUA:  The White House imposed "tough" new sanctions against Venezuela on Thursday, denouncing Caracas as being part of a "troika of tyranny" that also includes Cuba and Nicaragua. US National Security Advisor John Bolton told an audience in Miami the sanctions would particularly target Venezuela's gold sector, which "has been used as a bastion to finance illicit activities, to fill its coffers and to support criminal groups." "The troika of tyranny in this hemisphere -- Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua -- has finally met…

US security chief in Moscow as nuclear treaty hangs in balance

MOSCOW: The Kremlin said on Monday that Washington’s withdrawal from a key Cold War-era nuclear treaty would make the world more dangerous, as Donald Trump’s national security advisor met senior Russian officials in Moscow. John Bolton is expected to discuss Trump’s plan to jettison the three-decade-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday. On Monday, Bolton discussed the fate of the treaty with Russian Security Council Chief Nikolai Patrushev and was expected to…

US has plan to dismantle North Korea nuclear programme within a year: Bolton

WASHINGTON: White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday he believed the bulk of North Korea’s weapons programs could be dismantled within a year, although some experts say the complete process could take far longer. Bolton told CBS’s Face the Nation that Washington has devised a program to dismantle North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction — chemical, biological, and nuclear — and ballistic missile programs in a year if there is full cooperation and disclosure from Pyongyang. “If they have the…