Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iran said to cancel visit by Iraq's prime minister

Iran said to cancel visit by Iraq's prime minister

Trump announced on May 8 that he would abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers - the United States, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany.

The comments come days after Mr Trump revealed new sanctions.

"It's a disloyal attitude towards the honest position of Iran and the blood of the martyrs this country has spilt to defend the land of Iraq" against extremists, said Moujtaba al-Hussein.

In an article for The Sunday Telegraph Mr Johnson told British companies to stop doing business with Iran...

It also buys in Iranian-generated electricity in efforts to deal with chronic power cuts that have been a key factor sparking mass protests in recent weeks.

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"The U.S. on Saturday urged Britain to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and instead join the U.S.to "[turn] up the pressure" on Iran. He added, "The President has been explicit: any businesses that put their commercial interests in Iran ahead of the global good will risk serious consequences for their trade with the U.S". "But we have had discussions with Washington about how we can work together in other ways to curb activity by Iran in the Middle East which concern us".

"Until then, America is turning up the pressure and we want the United Kingdom by our side", Johnson wrote in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper. "We don't sympathise with the sanctions, we don't think they are appropriate and we don't interact with them, but we are committed to protect our people". She is struggling to quell rebellions within the ranks of her Conservative party over Brexit negotiations and she can't afford to alienate Brussels further by siding with Washington on the Iran nuclear deal, say analysts.

Abadi on Tuesday said Iraq would reluctantly comply with sanctions against Tehran which took effect the same day.

Burt said the deal was an important part of regional security and that, with the European Union, the government was trying to protect British companies from the U.S. sanctions when dealing with Iran.

USA sanctions that had been eased by the Obama administration under the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, took effect again Tuesday.

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