As the Iran nuclear deal deadline nears, Britain’s top diplomat is heading to Washington to meet with senior American officials. He is expected to try to persuade the American administration to remain in the deal.
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Photo Credit: Flickr/Andrew Parsons
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will visit the United States on Sunday for meetings with American Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Advisor John Bolton to discuss developments on the Iranian nuclear deal and North Korea. Johnson stated that the U.S. and the U.K. are interlocked on a variety of geostrategic issues, citing the poisoning of the ex-Russian spy in London as one of the many issues that the two countries intend to discuss.
Johnson added that the U.S.is working with the U.K. and European allies to combat Iran’s influence such as “its (Iran’s) cyber activities, its support for groups like Hezbollah, and its dangerous missile program, which is arming Houthi militias in Yemen.” U.S. President Donald Trump has strongly signaled his intention to withdraw from the deal, which he can do by choosing not to renew it on the May 12 deadline. Trump has asked countries that support the deal, like France and the U.K., to provide solutions for what he views as its flaws.
Since Brexit, the U.K. has heavily relied on the U.S. as a strategic and economic partner and continues to develop a closer relationship with the Trump administration. Officials expect that Johnson’s visit will focus on maintaining the U.S. in the Iran deal and working on an agreement with US officials that may tighten sanctions on Iran but keep the deal in place.