Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

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

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

The comments come days after Mr Trump revealed new sanctions.

Trump announced on May 8 that he would abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers - the U.S., the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany. The envoy also delivered a clear ultimatum to British businesses, instructing them to stop trading with Iran or face "serious consequences" when it comes to trade with the United States.

In his article Mr Johnson writes: "America is turning up the pressure and we want the United Kingdom by our side".

"America is turning up the pressure and we want the U.K.by our side", Ambassador Woody Johnson, who owns the New York Jets with his brother, wrote in an op-ed published Sunday in the Telegraph.

Trump's decision in May to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, in which Tehran agreed to nuclear curbs in return for sanctions relief, paved the way for the restoration of unilateral American economic penalties on Iran. "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 said.

Last week the European Union's executive Commission introduced a "blocking statute" to protect European businesses from the impact of the sanctions.

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Ri's trip to Iran was the first by a senior North Korean official since President Hassan Rouhani was re-elected past year . Iran's foreign minister has said the United States will not be able to prevent the country from exporting oil.

He said this statement should be seen as a warning by the other side against discarding the nuclear deal, stressing that Iran can even show more extensive progress in other parts of its nuclear activities to go beyond the previous levels.

On Tuesday, Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt said that the U.S. had "not got this right" and Britain was ready to stand up to Trump, telling the BBC: "Sometimes you need to take a stand against friends".

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.

"While there are sanctions on Iran, it will be hard to preserve the trade relations [with Iran]", Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said.

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.

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