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The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom advocates replacing the nuclear agreement with Iran with the “Trump agreement”

January 14, 2020
El primer ministro de Reino Unido, Boris Johnson.

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson. – Liam Mcburney / PA Wire / dpa


The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has advocated Tuesday to replace the nuclear agreement reached with Iran in 2015 with “the Trump agreement”, after Washington withdrew from it in 2018 and reimposed its sanctions against Tehran.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom advocates replacing the nuclear agreement with Iran with the “Trump agreement”The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom advocates replacing the nuclear agreement with Iran with the “Trump agreement”

“If we are going to get rid of him, there must be a substitute,” he said, during an interview with the British television network BBC, in which he stressed that the goal should be “to prevent Iranians from seizing nuclear weapons” .

“That is what the nuclear agreement does. If we are going to end it, we need a substitute,” he said. “Let's replace it with the Trump agreement. That is what we need to see. That would be a great way forward,” he added.

Johnson, who has not given details on what this agreement would imply, stressed that “from the American point of view, the agreement (of 2015) has defects (…) in addition to being negotiated by the (former) president ( Barack Obama”.

In this sense, the British 'premier' has stressed that “President Trump is very good at reaching agreements, according to his own version and those of many others.” “Let's work together to replace the agreement and put the Trump agreement in its place,” he said.

For his part, the High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU, Josep Borrell, has responded in a debate in the European Parliament to the suggestion of the British Prime Minister, ensuring that he does not find it feasible to close an agreement similar to that of 2015 , which has defended its complexity and extension.

“I don't see how we can make an alternative agreement. I don't see it. Everyone talks about the agreement, has anyone seen it? It's a very large document, full of technical issues and I don't think it's easy to close a similar agreement in a context more complicated, “Borrell has argued in his strong defense of the pact, known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan.

Thus, he has argued that the EU has to do “everything that can be done” to keep the agreement alive and influence Iran to commit to the agreement. Thus, it has put in value that during 14 months Tehran has fulfilled the agreement “without counterparts” and that despite Iran's announcement to lift the restrictions on uranium enrichment does not exactly mean getting out of the agreement.

“It is one thing not to feel obligated and another thing is to skip the other side of the agreement,” he explained, recalling that the United States left the agreement after Trump arrived at the White House.

This same Tuesday, Borrell has ruled out imposing sanctions on Iran, after the activation by Germany, France and the United Kingdom of the dispute resolution mechanism for the breaches of Tehran, and stressed that precisely this initiative aims to save the agreement.

The Government of Iran has warned during the day that it will give an “appropriate and serious” response to any “destructive” measure against the nuclear agreement, in response to the aforementioned activation of the dispute resolution mechanism.

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