The chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy Alaeddin Boroujerdi says the Islamic Republic should strengthen relations with Russia and China to counter tougher US policies expected after President Donald Trump’s appointment of John Bolton as national security adviser. “The use of hardline elements against to the Islamic Republic of Iran shows that the Americans seek to exert more pressure on Iran”, he said. He added that the harsher US stance vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic is mainly aimed at appeasing the Israeli regime and Saudi Arabia to solve Washington’s economic issues: “Therefore, it was predictable that we would witness toughened US policies in this regard”. He pointed out: “China and Russia are two important and influential members of the UN Security Council and the expansion of relations will help neutralize and reduce the impact of US pressure”.
On Tuesday 8th January, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo opens his tour in the