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Trump told to allow UK to continue Iran deal

By Greg Heffer, Political Reporter
Boris Johnson has told Donald Trump to allow the UK to continue to participate in the Iran nuclear deal - or come up with a new agreement.
The Foreign Secretary vowed Britain "has no intention of walking away" from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) despite the US President's decision to pull out of the international agreement with Iran.In a statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Johnson told MPs that Mr Trump's decision "makes no difference" to Britain's view of the deal as "vital for our national security and the stability of the Middle East".On Tuesday, the US President announced he will be withdrawing from the "defective" JCPOA, which was signed under Barack Obama's presidency.However, Britain, Germany and France immediately stated they remain committed to the deal with Tehran, which restricts Iran's nuclear capabilities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.:: Trump sends earthquake through the Middle East
Trump told to allow UK to continue Iran deal

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Donald Trump was told not to 'hinder' other countries' participation
Mr Johnson said: "For as long as Iran abides by the agreement - and the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] has publicly reported its compliance, Iran's compliance, nine times so far - then Britain will remain a party to the JCPOA."He added: "Britain has no intention of walking away."Instead we will co-operate with the other parties to ensure that while Iran continues to restrict its nuclear programme, then its people will benefit from sanctions relief in accordance with the central bargain of the deal."The Foreign Secretary admitted his last-gasp trip to Washington on Sunday had failed to convince the White House to stick with the agreement, as he told MPs the Government "did our utmost to prevent this outcome" from the moment Mr Trump took office in January 2017.He highlighted how, under the deal, Iran has relinquished 95% of low-enriched uranium and place two-thirds of centrifuges in storage, while being obliged to allow "the most intrusive and rigorous inspection regime ever devised".:: US pulls out of Iran deal: What happens next?
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Mr Johnson also told MPs that Iran's "breakout" time for acquiring a uranium-based nuclear bomb has now "trebled or even quadrupled from a few months to at least a year", while its path to a plutonium-based weapon has been "blocked completely".As well as calling on Mr Trump to "avoid taking any action" that would "hinder" other countries from continuing the agreement "in the interests of our collective national security", Mr Johnson urged Iran to respond with "restraint" to the US decision."We remain adamant that a nuclear-armed Iran would never be acceptable to the UK," he added, pledging Britain will continue to "counter Iran's destabilising behaviour" in countries such as Syria and Yemen.Throwing the onus on Mr Trump to devise an alternative agreement, the Foreign Secretary said: "The responsibility falls on them to describe how they, in Washington, will build a new negotiated solution to our shared concerns."A settlement that must necessarily include Iran, China and Russia as well as countries in the region."Britain stands ready to support that task, but in the meantime, we will strive to preserve the gains made by the JCPOA."
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In response to Mr Johnson's statement, Labour's shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry claimed "the whole world should stand united today in condemning Donald Trump for his reckless, senseless and immoral act of diplomatic sabotage".She said Mr Trump was "sending a message to North Korea" that any agreement they reach with the US over its nuclear ambitions "will be worthless".
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Having previously suggested Mr Trump would be in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize if he "fixes" North Korea and the Iran nuclear deal, Mr Johnson praised the US President's "vigour" in dealing with Pyongyang.He also promised the Government will "do our upmost to protect UK commercial interests" amid fears of an oil price hike as a result of Mr Trump's decision.
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