On Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that the United States President Donald Trump could negotiate a nuclear deal “better” with Iran than what Tehran and world powers agreed in 2015.
PM Johnson went to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly Session, was quoted saying, “Let’s do a better deal.”
PM Johnson continued, “I think there’s one guy who can do a better deal…and that is the president of the United States. I hope there will be a Trump deal.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has replied to the UK Prime Minister’s remarks on Twitter, writing that Germany, France, and Britain’s “paralysis in fulfilling their obligations w/o US permission has been clear since May 2018”, when Washington has withdrawn from the deal.
Mr. Zarif said, “No new deal before compliance w/ current one.”
The US and Iran have been at loggerheads since May 2018, when President Trump has forsaken the 2015 nuclear deal, which offered the promise of sanctions relief to Iran, in return for restraint on its nuclear program.
The US President then started reimposing sanctions in what his administration has termed a “maximum pressure” campaign.
European nations that assisted to negotiate the deal, including Germany, France, and England, have tried hard to de-escalate tensions with an effort to protect the deal.
While Germany and France haven’t taken a clear stance on whether to negotiate a new deal, French President Emmanuel Macron has also considered abandoning the deal.
While traveling New York, President Macron told sources that “I’m not married to the JCPOA.”
“It has to be said that the two main players are in the process of deciding to leave it. One has left, the other is telling us that they will leave,” he added.
On Monday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in New York, where he is about to meet the French President.
However, no meeting has yet been scheduled between President Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, though the US President has said that he couldn’t rule one out.