Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

After cancellation of Abadi's Tehran visit, Iraqi government praises relations with Iran

After cancellation of Abadi's Tehran visit, Iraqi government praises relations with Iran

Iran had also warned a year ago that it enjoyed the capability to restore its uranium enrichment operations and even develop its capacity to 100,000 SWUs (Separative Work Units) if the nuclear deal with the world powers failed as a result of the USA non-compliance with its undertakings.

Ambassador Woody Johnson cautioned there would be trade consequences for Britain, which he described as the closest USA ally, unless it breaks with the European Union and follows Trump in re-imposing sanctions on Tehran.

Johnson wrote in his article that British businesses should cut all trade ties with Iran and help the U.S. form a "united front".

On Tuesday, Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt said that the United States had "not got this right" and Britain was ready to stand up to Trump, telling the BBC: "Sometimes you need to take a stand against friends".

"When we were inking the nuclear deal, we stopped production of 20% fuel and deposited the excessive fuel in Russian Federation in almost 10 batches. We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us as we lead a concerted global effort toward a genuinely comprehensive agreement", Johnson said.

Iran has cancelled a visit by Iraq's prime minister after he said that while he was opposed to renewed U.S. sanctions on Tehran he had no choice but to abide by them, an Iraqi official said.

On Tuesday, August 7, a US-imposed blanket of economic sanctions hit the Iranian regime.

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"We don't support the sanctions because they are a strategic error, but we will comply with them", said Abadi, whose country is an ally of both Tehran and Washington.

"It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal", he continued.

"Can I, the prime minister of Iraq, endanger the interests of Iraqis just to take a stand?" he said.

"Until then, America is turning up the pressure and we want the United Kingdom by our side", Johnson wrote in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

US Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson said Iran needed to make tangible and sustained changes to behave like a normal country.

While Washington was busy exiting the Iran nuclear deal in early May, Rabat had its own issues with the Islamic Republic.

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