UK to US: It would be a mistake to walk away from nuclear deal

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson called on US President Donald Trump to remain in the Iran nuclear deal on Monday. “It would be a mistake to walk away from the nuclear agreement,” Johnson wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times. Trump is slated to announce his decision on May 12.
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UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called on US President Donald Trump to remain in the Iran nuclear deal as it remains the best option to ensure Tehran does not have access to nuclear weapons.

“It would be a mistake to walk away from the nuclear agreement and remove the restraints that it places on Iran,” Johnson wrote in an article published in Monday’s New York Times.

“Only Iran would gain from abandoning the restrictions on its nuclear program. Of all the options we have for ensuring that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon, this pact offers the fewest disadvantages,” Johnson wrote. “It has weaknesses, certainly, but I am convinced they can be remedied. Indeed at this moment Britain is working alongside the Trump administration and our French and German allies to ensure that they are.”

Johnson has arrived in the US in a last attempt to save the Iran nuclear deal and joined other European leaders in lobbying Washington as the deadline for the deal approaches. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both previously urged Trump not to scrap the deal.

The Iran nuclear deal, formerly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was signed in 2015 by Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US, then led by Barack Obama.

Trump, who previously expressed his displeasure with the nuclear deal, faces a May 12 deadline to decide whether to pull out of the agreement. Trump has repeatedly warned that he might ultimately terminate the agreement unless the current terms are “fixed.”



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