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UK News Boris Johnson says US wants to distance itself from Obama's Iran nuclear deal - and it's time for a 'new Trump agreement'

14:46  14 january  2020
14:46  14 january  2020 Source:   inews.co.uk

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Boris Johnson said one of the "problems" with the current Iran nuclear agreement is that it was negotiated by former president Barack Obama and suggested it was time for a replacement Trump deal.

The Prime Minister told BBC Breakfast the US believed the deal to be flawed, partly because it was negotiated by President Donald Trump's predecessor, but argued there still needed to be a mechanism in place to stop Iran building nuclear weapons.

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He said it was instead time to replace it with a new deal negotiated by Mr Trump, praising the President's negotiating skills and arguing it would be a "great" way forward.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a televised interview Tuesday that he welcomed replacing the Obama -era Iran nuclear deal with a new "If we 're going to get rid of it , let' s replace it and let' s replace it with the Trump deal ," Johnson told BBC, referencing the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan

Replacement

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Speaking in his first interview since the December election, Mr Johnson said the UK was "under pressure" to "get rid of" the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), adding: "It's what Trump wants."

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"My point to our American friends is we have got to stop the Iranians acquiring a nuclear weapon - that's what the JCPOA does - if we are going to get rid of it then we need a replacement."

He said the "problem" with the current deal is flawed "from the American perspective".

"It expires plus it was negotiated by President Obama and, from their point of view, it has many faults," he said. "Well if we are going to get rid of it, let's replace it and let's replace it with the Trump deal, that's what we need to see and I think that would be a great way forward."

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Trump deal

He described President Trump as "a great deal maker - by his own account and many others" and urged him to work with the UK to replace the JCPOA with "the Trump deal".

The JCPOA is an agreement reached between Iran, members of the United Nations Security Council and the European Union in 2015 under which Iran dismantled its nuclear program and in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.

He said it could be time for a new deal negotiated by President Trump Photo: BBC

In 2018 Mr Trump withdrew the US from the deal because he argued it did not address Iran’s ballistic missile program. Instead, he reimposed sanctions against Iran.

Iran began to resume some nuclear activities and, following Mr Trump's orders to kill military commander Qasem Soleimani this year, it announced it would be halting  the majority of its commitments to the deal.

As tensions began to escalate between the two, Mr Johnson released a joint statement with France and Germany urging Iran to comply with the terms of the agreement.

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Iran has said it will not negotiate unless sanctions are lifted. In one of the strongest calls yet from Europe for a new agreement to replace the deal , British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the way forward was to agree a new " Trump deal ." "If we 're going to get rid of it , let' s replace it and let' s

Johnson said the U.K. would come under pressure to jettison the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran U . S . President Donald Trump and Britain' s Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting Well, if we 're going to get rid of it , let' s replace it and let' s replace it with the Trump deal , that' s what

Tensions need to calm

In Tuesday's interview, Mr Johnson appeared to be trying to placate the two sides with his suggestion that the Iran deal was outdated but this contrasted with the previous public commitment of the UK and its European allies to remain committed to it.

Mr Johnson also said Iran had done the right thing by admitting that the shooting down of the Ukrainian International Airlines flight, which killed 176 people, was an "appalling mistake".

Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran after he announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Getty Images)

He said "the most important thing now is that tensions in the region calm down [...] I don't want a military conflict between us and the US and Iran."

Iran's judiciary said arrests have been made over the incident and President Hassan Rouhani called for a special court to be set up to handle the process, saying: "This is not an ordinary case. The entire the world will be watching this court."

Mr Johnson, who  faced criticism for not returning from his holiday immediately after the US strike on Soleimani, defended his decision to remain in the Caribbean and said the UK had played its"traditional role" in serving as the bridge between the "European powers and the United States".

"I was not in this country but I worked very hard, as you can imagine, in making sure there was a European response," he said.

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