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Bolton resigned after Trump suggested relieving Iranian sanctions

In this image, Bolton adjusts his glasses.
John Bolton meets with Belarus' president on August 29. Photo: Yuri Oreshkin\TASS via Getty Images

Former national security adviser John Bolton resigned the day after a Monday discussion about Iran policy in which President Trump raised the possibility of relieving some sanctions, a person close to Bolton tells Axios.

What happened: Bolton did not favor giving the Iranians relief and believed the maximum pressure campaign was working, the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.

Background: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "signaled approval" of Trump's dismissal of Bolton earlier this week, the AP reports. Rouhani reiterated that Iran is interested in negotiations with the U.S. only if suffocating economic sanctions are lifted, per Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency.

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