US urges UK to drop sup­port for nuke deal

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LON­DON: The US urged Bri­tain yes­ter­day to ditch its sup­port for a 2015 nu­clear deal with Iran and in­stead join forces with Wash­ing­ton to counter the global threat it says Tehran poses.

De­spite op­po­si­tion from Euro­pean al­lies, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump in May pulled the US out of a deal be­tween world pow­ers and Tehran un­der which in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions were lifted in re­turn for curbs on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme.

Since then, Bri­tain, France and Ger­many have sought to keep the deal alive, while Trump has pre­pared new sanc­tions, say­ing a broader and more bal­anced deal is needed. Iran has de­nounced the sanc­tions as “US uni­lat­er­al­ism”.

US Am­bas­sador to Bri­tain Woody Johnson crit­i­cised Tehran for fund­ing “proxy wars and ma­lign ac­tiv­i­ties” in­stead of in­vest­ing in its econ­omy. He said Iran needed to make tan­gi­ble and sus­tained changes.

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