US Ambassador Pressures UK To Back Trump In Iran Nuke Deal Withdrawal

Blanche Robertson
August 12, 2018

"It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal", he continued.

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier has sharply criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs and sanctions policies, saying such measures were destroying jobs and growth and that Europe would not bow to U.S. pressure regarding Iran.

US ambassador to the United Kingdom, Robert Wood Johnson, wrote in the British paper the Sunday Telegraph, that "Iran grew bolder" after signing on to the Obama-era deal.

On Saturday, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told Bild newspaper that "we don't let Washington dictate [their will] on trade relations with other countries", labeling the U.S. sanctions as one instance in which America's neglect of its partners was clearly shown. "Far from becoming a more responsible member of the worldwide community, as we had all hoped, Iran grew bolder".

"We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us as we lead a concerted global effort towards a genuinely comprehensive agreement".

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 USA sanctions because the Iran deal was "working and delivering on its goal".

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London has made clear it is committed to the JCPOA, but is open to talking to the United States about ways to address shared concerns about Iran's regional activities.

On Monday, Trump ordered all nuclear-related sanctions that were removed under the deal to be reinstated immediately.

Altmaier lauded the agreement reached by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during negotiations with Trump last month, saying the interim deal had saved hundreds of thousands of jobs in Europe.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said last week that Trump's repudiation of the nuclear deal was illegal and Iran would not yield to Washington's renewed campaign to strangle Iran's vital oil exports. The sanctions will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, joined with his French and German counterparts last week to voice their "deep regret" at Washington's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and vow to protect European companies from USA reprisals if they continue to trade with Iran.

But administration officials say that increasing pressure on Tehran - including through sanctions - aligns with the possibility of talks with Iranian officials.

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