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USA ambassador urges Britain to ditch support for Iran nuclear deal

USA ambassador urges Britain to ditch support for Iran nuclear deal

Johnson's plea comes days after US President Donald Trump upped sanctions on Iran after the US withdrew from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, in May.

Ambassador Woody Johnson cautioned there would be trade consequences for Britain, which he described as the closest US ally, unless it breaks with the European Union and follows Trump in re-imposing sanctions on Tehran.

Mr Johnson even goes over the head of Whitehall and urges British businesses directly to cut ties with Iran.

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He said Iran needed to make tangible and sustained changes to behave like a normal country.

Burt said the deal was an important part of regional security and that, with the European Union, the government was trying to protect British companies from the United States sanctions when dealing with Iran.

In an article in the Sunday Telegraph, he said: "It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal".

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Johnson said the Tehran regime had used the flow of money coming in to the country since the easing of sanctions not to improve the lives of ordinary Iranians but to beef up spending on the military and networks of proxy forces and terrorists.

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". 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 US will also sanction companies in third countries, such as Morocco, from trading both with Iran and the US. Of all the G-7 leaders at the bruising summit, she largely side-stepped the public skirmishing.

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