Washington 0
19 December 2018

National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary Pompeo both welcomed Albania's expulsion of two Iranian diplomats, including the ambassador, on national security grounds. Bolton stated that the decision "signal[ed] to Iran's leaders that their support for terrorism will not be tolerated", while Pompeo asserted that "the world must stand together to sanction Iran's regime until it changes its destructive behaviour". Tehran argued that the Albanian action was "implemented under pressure from the U.S. government and the Zionist regime's [i.e. Israel's] security service and in collaboration with some anti-Iran terrorist groups", adding that it was "made on the basis of fabricated and wrong information". 

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