United States urges United Kingdom to end support for Iran nuclear deal

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi headed a meeting of the Ministerial Council of the National Security in Baghdad on Sunday to discuss the security situation, combating the terrorists' sleeper cells, and strengthening intelligence efforts to eradicate terror, a statement from the Prime Minister's Media Office (PMO) said.

US Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson has urged the United Kingdom to drop out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and follow the lead of President Donald Trump who left the "flawed" agreement in May.

Iraq has stopped trading with Iran in the USA dollar after Washington imposed economic sanctions on Tehran, according to the country's central bank on Saturday.

"Any of these batches can be used for almost one year and therefore, we have 20% fuel for Tehran Reactor for at least 7 to 8 years", Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

Accusing Iran of "squandering its money on proxy wars and malign activities overseas", US Ambassador Woody Johnson's op-ed in the Sunday Telegraph asked the UK to "use its considerable diplomatic power and influence" to join the US "as a united front" in its effort to secure "a genuinely comprehensive agreement" on Iran ending its nuclear program.

The UK, France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union, which also signed the deal, have criticized Trump's decision and continue to back the agreement with Iran.

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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 United States reprisals if they continue to trade with Iran.

He said Iran needed to make tangible and sustained changes to behave like a normal country. It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal.

It saw the regime agree to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

The comments come days after Mr Trump revealed new sanctions.

"We don't support the sanctions because they are a strategic error, but we will comply with them", said Abadi, whose country is an ally of both Tehran and Washington.

  • Sonia Alvarado