Iran aide doesn't see 'any reason' for Trump-Rouhani talks

Back us not Brussels on Iran, US ambassador tells Theresa May as he warns British businesses will lose trade

Iran had also warned past year 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 U.S. non-compliance with its undertakings.

Accusing Iran of "squandering its money on proxy wars and malign activities overseas", US Ambassador Woody Johnson's op-ed in the Sunday Telegraph asked the UK to "use its considerable diplomatic power and influence" to join the US "as a united front" in its effort to secure "a genuinely comprehensive agreement" on Iran ending its nuclear program.

Mr Johnson even goes over the head of Whitehall and urges British businesses directly to cut ties with Iran.

Earlier this week, British Minister for Middle East Affairs Alistair Burt backed the current deal negotiated with Iran, rejecting the idea that the United Kingdom would "go along with" the US.

"It is clear that the danger from Iran did not diminish in the wake of the [2015 Iran] deal", Johnson wrote.

"While there are sanctions on Iran, it will be hard to preserve the trade relations [with Iran]", Iraqi government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi said.

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In the article, Johnson said the Trump administration is "determined to make sure they [the sanctions] are fully enforced".

"America is turning up the pressure and we want the United Kingdom by our side. Sometimes you need to take a stand against friends".

The premier said last Tuesday that Iraq - which relies on neighbouring Iran as a source of cheap imports - would reluctantly comply with USA sanctions against Tehran that took effect the same day.

The U.S. administration blames Iran for fomenting instability in the Middle East and encouraging terrorism. It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal.

"In general, sanctions are unjust", he said.

"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. Of all the G-7 leaders at the bruising summit, she largely side-stepped the public skirmishing.

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