Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
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U.S. ambassador urges Britain to ditch support for Iran nuclear deal

U.S. ambassador urges Britain to ditch support for Iran nuclear deal

President Trump withdrew in May from the nuclear accord brokered by former President Obama with the EU, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation.

In a controversial move, President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump condemns white nationalist rallies: There is no place for neo-Nazism in US Sunday shows preview: Virginia lawmakers talk Charlottesville, anniversary protests Poll: Trump disliked as strongly as Nixon before his resignation MORE pulled the USA out of the deal in May, breaking with longtime European allies.

In the article, Johnson said the Trump administration is "determined to make sure they [the sanctions] are fully enforced".

European companies face possible U.S. sanctions if they continue to trade with Iran. He used the government's Brexit rhetoric to support his case, saying that "global Britain" should use its "considerable diplomatic power and influence" to force a change of approach. "We think this is really important, sticking to a deal a number of partners have agreed to", he said.

Iran has maintained close ties to Iraq's government since the 2003 US -led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, Tehran's archenemy. Ignoring all the agreements signed by the preceding US presidents, Trump is "acting like a bully and engaging in a street fight by racketeering and intimidating", according to a review covered in Chinese media. "Sometimes you need to take a stand against friends".

Burt said United Kingdom remains open to discussions with the US over addressing mutual concerns about Iran, but said the Iran nuclear deal is integral to Britain's regional security.

The U.S. administration blames Iran for fomenting instability in the Middle East and encouraging terrorism.

The US pullout has been met with disbelief by European allies, who issued a statement on Monday committing to the 2015 deal and encouraged investors to maintain business ties with Iran.

"Only by presenting a united front can we exert the maximum possible pressure on the Iranian regime, and get it to finally change course and put an end to its malign and reckless activities both at home and overseas", said the ambassador.

Trump declared that the landmark 2015 agreement was "horrible", saying it did nothing to stop Iran developing missiles or destabilizing the Middle East and Gulf regions.

Britain's May might face a party leadership challenge later in the year, possibly from Boris Johnson, the former foreign minister who says she should be more like Trump.

"It is clear that the danger from Iran did not diminish in the wake of the deal", he said.

She recorded her disappointment, but avoided leveling personal criticism.

The first phase of the unilateral sanctions came into effect on Tuesday, targeting Iran's purchase of USA dollars, trade in gold and other precious metals as well as its automotive sector.

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