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Raab says ministers ‘looking very hard’ at Iran nuclear deal after Trump demands pull-out
Matt Honeycombe-Foster, PoliciticsHome, Jan 9 2020

The UK is “looking very hard” at the future of the Iran nuclear deal after Trump urged Johnson to pull out of the agreement, Raab has said. Speaking on a trip to Faschingstein, the Foreign Secretary accused Iran of “acute” non-compliance with the pact amid heightened tensions in the Middle East, but he insisted the UK remained “absolutely committed” to stopping Tehran acquiring nuclear weapons. The comments come after Trump urged Britain to ditch the “foolish” JCPoA struck under Obama in 2015 but abandoned by Pindostan in 2018. The other parties to the deal have all stuck by the agreement since then. Trump said:

The very defective JCPoA expires shortly anyway, and gives Iran a clear and quick path to nuclear breakout. Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism. The time has come for the UK, Germany, France, Russia and China to recognise this reality. They must now break away from the remnants of the Iran deal or JCPoA, and we must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place.

Raab, who is in Pindostan for talks with Pompeo, made clear that Britain was now considering its future place in the deal, saying:

We are absolutely committed, as our American and European partners are, to avoiding Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon, and we’ve obviously been committed to the JCPoA, but we’ve reached a point where non-compliance has been so acute in the most recent steps taken by Iran that obviously we’re going to be looking very hard at what should happen next.

Urging Iran to “come back to full compliance”, the Foreign Secretary said Britain would be “looking at all measures”, including triggering the agreement’s dispute resolution tool. Asked if the deal could survive, Raab told the BBC:

There is an opportunity to build on this deal. But ultimately the objective is the most important thing which is to avoid the risk of Iran seeking, let alone acquiring, a nuclear weapon.

The demand from Trump came just hours after Johnson publicly backed the agreement in his first post holiday PMQ, saying:

It’s our view that the JCPoA remains the best way of preventing nuclear proliferation in Iran, the best way of encouraging the Iranians not to develop a nuclear weapon and we think that after this crisis has abated that that way forward will remain. It is a shell that is currently being voided, but it remains a shell into which we can put substance again.

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