United States ambassador urges UK to back Trump on Iran nuke deal

Clay Curtis
August 15, 2018

Trump has always been a fierce critic of the nuclear deal, agreed under his predecessor, calling it "insane" and maintaining that, even with the current restrictions in place, Iran continues to pose a threat to the US.

Johnson's comments come less than a week after the Trump administration on Tuesday reimposed a raft of sanctions on Iran that affect, among other things, the purchase or acquisition of United States dollars by the Iranian government, the country's auto industry and trade in gold or precious metals.

Joining Russia and China, who have thrown their full weight behind the accord, Britain, France and Germany said in a joint statement last week that they "deeply regret" the re-imposition of United States sanctions because the Iran deal was "working and delivering on its goal". "We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us as we lead a concerted global effort toward a genuinely comprehensive agreement".

Johnson wrote in his article that British businesses should cut all trade ties with Iran and help the U.S. form a "united front". The historic deal, backed by the US, Russia, and China, and negotiated by the European Union, saw the lifting of economic sanctions against Iran for ditching its nuclear program.

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The United States reimposed stiff economic sanctions on Iran on Monday, ratcheting up pressure on the Islamic Republic despite statements of deep dismay from European allies, three months after President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. "But we have had discussions with Washington about how we can work together in other ways to curb activity by Iran in the Middle East which concern us".

A week ago Britain signed on to a joint statement with other EU countries that pledged to press on with a strategy to lessen the impact of the USA sanctions on European businesses.

Abadi on August 7 said he did not agree with the renewed US sanctions but added that he would abide by them to protect his country's interests and risk retaliatory actions by Washington. She is struggling to quell rebellions within the ranks of her Conservative party over Brexit negotiations and she can't afford to alienate Brussels further by siding with Washington on the Iran nuclear deal, say analysts.

The reimposition of sanctions comes amid protests across Iran, with demonstrators voicing dissatisfaction with a weak economy and financial corruption.

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