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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:51 PM

Boris Johnson Under Pressure To Side With Trump On Iran Deal As Diplomatic Crisis Deepens

Washington Examiner
by Rob Crilly
January 13, 2020 09:05 PM

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is under mounting pressure to side with President Trump as the United Kingdomís diplomatic dispute with Iran escalates after the detention of Londonís ambassador to Tehran.

Backbench members of Parliament called for a tougher British response to Tehran after the Foreign Office responded to the detention by summoning Iranís ambassador for an official dressing down. Johnson said he remains committed to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal despite growing demands from the United States that it be abandoned.

The moves in London came two days after Rob Macaire, the British ambassador to Tehran, was held for several hours while protests erupted across Iran on Saturday at the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner.

He said he attended a vigil for victims of flight 752, including British nationals, but left after five minutes when it erupted into an anti-government protest. He was arrested 30 minutes later, according to his tweet.

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Speaking as British ministers updated MPs on the latest developments, Bob Blackman, a Conservative backbencher, called for tougher action. He said: ďIs it not time that we sent a very strong signal by proscribing the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps], freezing their assets and saying we'll unfreeze them, we'll give you an opportunity once you restore proper, normal, diplomatic actions and behaviors across the world?Ē

His words came amid increasing demands from the U.S. that the U.K. abandon the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in order to increase pressure on Tehran. Last week, Trump blamed the agreement for allowing Iran to finance terror operations around the world, calling on signatories to recognize the damage it had done.

It puts Johnson at a European crossroads as he attempts to negotiate a trade deal with Trump and plot a post-Brexit course just as Trump signals a more muscular stance with a drone strike that killed Iranís most feared military leader. But, during the weekend, Johnson joined with Angela Merkel of Germany and Emmanuel Macron of France to reiterate their commitment to the deal.

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:48 AM

Like I said, they will be on board once Brexit is over and we start negotiating to bump their economy. When they start seeing they don't need Iran for anything then they will side with us.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 12:39 PM

View PostTaggart Transcontinental, on 14 January 2020 - 08:48 AM, said:

Like I said, they will be on board once Brexit is over and we start negotiating to bump their economy. When they start seeing they don't need Iran for anything then they will side with us.

I'm not arguing butI hope you're right. I find this chilling:

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But, during the weekend, Johnson joined with Angela Merkel of Germany and Emmanuel Macron of France to reiterate their commitment to the deal.

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 09:16 PM

Boris Johnson speaks English and is a conservative by our standards*. * Our being RightNation members. He is still a foreigner and a Euro / PM of a Commonwealth. It's a different dynamic when you have a few thousand years of history and having to wear a suit and tie. Boris is nobbing. No fault in that.
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