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‘John Bolton, the hawkish former diplomat and contender for secretary of state in the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, has said that regime change is “the only long-term solution” for Iran and would bring broader regional and global stability.

“The only long-term solution is regime change in Tehran,” Bolton told Breitbart News Daily on Thursday.

The former US ambassador to the United Nations claimed that Iran’s leaders “are the principal threat to international peace and security and the Middle East,” adding that “their ouster won’t bring sweetness and light to the region, that’s for sure, but it will eliminate the principal threat.”’

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