Tensions between the United Kingdom and the United States are rising because of the Iran nuclear deal. The Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said the US viewed Iran as a country who expects that the nuclear agreement would improve regional security while the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, wanted the world to have some faith in creating a more open Iran.
Washington Examiner reports: “Iran is clearly in default of these expectations,” Tillerson told reporters during a Thursday press conference.
Tillerson, who is currently in London to discuss the crisis in North Korea and Libya with British officials, said that the U.S. still hasn’t made a decision whether it will step back from the nuclear agreement.
Washington Examiner reports: “[Iran is] threatening, not ensuring but threatening, the security of those in the region as well as the United States itself,” Tillerson said. “So, we have to consider the totality of the behavior and not let our view be defined [solely] by the nuclear agreement.”
Although Iran isn’t violating the terms of the agreement, U.S. diplomats think that President Trump has good cause to re-impose economic sanctions that were lifted in the context of the nuclear deal.
European governments were alarmed for the move. They even hope to do business in Iran. President Trump has already shown that he has a stronger affinity for the British government than some other EU members. The United Kingdom also wants the U.S. to stay in the agreement.
Washington Examiner reports: “It’s so important that we make it work and we keep it alive,” UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in the joint press conference.
Johnson agreed Iran should stop causing problems in the area. However, he said that it’s important for the country to see the economic benefits from the nuclear deal. This is the reason why the UK wants to keep the agreement alive.
Although Iran has met its obligations so far under the 2015 accord, Tillerson is still skeptical about the deal.
President Trump thinks that this is one of the worst deals ever. It remains unknown whether he will withdraw the U.S. from the agreement.