USA ambassador urges United Kingdom to pull out of Iran nuclear deal

Back us not Brussels on Iran, US ambassador tells Theresa May as he warns British businesses will lose trade

US ambassador says UK should join Trump and put pressure on Iran

Iran has cancelled a visit by Iraq's prime minister after he said that while he was opposed to renewed United States sanctions on Tehran he had no choice but to abide by them, an Iraqi official said.

The sanctions are meant to hinder Tehran's acquisition of US currency; its precious metals trade; bank transactions denominated in the Iranian rial; activities related to Iran's sovereign debt; and the country's automotive sector.

"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".

Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson urged the UK to reconsider its position on Iran

Tensions between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have ratcheted up in recent months amid US -imposed sanctions on Iran.

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.

But last week members of the European Union reiterated their desire to remain in the deal and even moved to protect other countries that continue doing business with Iran despite U.S. sanctions that threatens to punish them.

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Asked for comment on Johnson's op-ed, the British foreign office referred to comments made last week by Middle East Minister Alistair Burt.

Iran's economy has come under intense strain since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal that Tehran signed with six world powers and reimposed sanctions that had been eased under the terms of the accord.

"It is clear that the danger from Iran did not diminish in the wake of the [2015 Iran] deal", Johnson wrote.

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He added, "America is turning up the pressure and we want the United Kingdom by our side".

This week, the Trump administration announced that it would reimpose sanctions on Iran that were lifted as part of its nuclear agreement with the country.

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

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