12.08.2019 | Trump security advisor Bolton's stark Iran and Huawei warning to Boris Johnson's cabinet
Source - The Daily Express
The US has been carrying out a "maximum pressure" sanctions campaign against Iran and cracking down on Chinese tech giant Huawei for some time. Mr Bolton is frustrated that the US’ stance found little support in the previous UK Cabinet and he hopes he will have more traction with a Boris Johnson lead government. Mr Bolton, speaking at the Edmund Burke Foundation’s National Conservatism Conference in July, said: “In the case of any of the high-tech companies, when they engage in activity that benefits China and potentially harms America, I think we’re entitled to look at those companies like Huawei and say, ‘You’re not selling in the United States.’”
Mr Bolton plans to argue that Huawei is an arm of the Chinese government and that its hardware could be used to monitor communications that go through its system.
US National Security Adviser John Bolton will try to convince the new Cabinet of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to align its foreign policies more with the American "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran.
Mr Bolton will also advise the UK to discard its plans to use Huawei equipment in developing its 5G networks during his visit to the UK, Reuters reported, citing an anonymous source within the US administration.
Trump's advisor will reportedly try to convince London that declaring the Iran nuclear deal dead will put even more pressure on Iran, which recently seized a British-flagged tanker over alleged maritime violations.
At the same time, the source noted that the UK issuing such a declaration is not expected in the near future.