Iraqi PM Abadi cancels visit to Iran amid backlash on U.S. sanctions

Marsha Scott
August 15, 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has canceled a visit to Iran, his press office said Sunday.

Britain remained open to talks with the United States on how to address concerns about Iran.

"We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us as we lead a concerted global effort towards a genuinely comprehensive agreement".

The move also upheld a campaign-era promise of Trump's and dealt a significant blow to former President Obama's global agreement.

The U.S. ambassador to London has publicly warned British Prime Minister Theresa May to side with President Donald Trump in the burgeoning transatlantic dispute over the controversial nuclear deal with Iran, which the U.S. leader withdrew from in May.

"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".

The US position was further undermined by an unnamed United Kingdom minister who accused Trump of simply throwing "red meat" to his support base, calling the sanctions strategy counter-productive, according to the Telegraph.

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On Tuesday, the USA had re-imposed the first round of economic sanctions on Iran, which mainly target the country's banking sector.

On Tuesday, Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt said that the USA 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".

In an article in the Sunday Telegraph, he said: "It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal".

Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to limit parts of its peaceful nuclear program in exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions.

Joining Russia and China, who have thrown their full weight behind the accord, Britain, France and Germany said in a joint statement last week that they "deeply regret" the re-imposition of USA sanctions because the Iran deal was "working and delivering on its goal".

Since then, Britain, France and Germany have sought to keep the deal alive, while Trump has prepared new sanctions, saying a broader and more balanced deal is needed.

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