US ambassador calls for UK support in putting pressure on Iran

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The United States reimposed stiff economic sanctions on Iran on Monday, ratcheting up pressure on the Islamic Republic despite statements of deep dismay from European allies, three months after President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Iran announced on Saturday that it will bring back home a second batch of 20%-enriched uranium which has been kept in Russian Federation under the 2015 nuclear deal to be used in Tehran Research Reactor.

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

In a pointed intervention into an issue that has strained ties between the two allies, Woody Johnson said the United Kingdom should embrace Trump's hard-hitting sanctions on Iran, reimposed last week, and break with its European partners who are seeking to preserve the deal to curtail Iran's nuclear program. "We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us as we lead a concerted global effort toward a genuinely comprehensive agreement", Johnson said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said last week that Trump's repudiation of the nuclear deal was illegal and Iran would not yield to Washington's renewed campaign to strangle Iran's vital oil exports.

"If the nuclear deal remains alive, the other sides should sell us the fuel and if the nuclear deal dies, then we would feel unimpeded to produce the 20% fuel ourselves", Kamalvandi said. "Sometimes you need to take a stand against friends".

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

The U.S. administration blames Iran for fomenting instability in the Middle East and encouraging terrorism.

"Blockade and sanctions destroy societies and do not weaken regimes", the Iraqi Prime Minister stated at the press conference.

In Tehran, the foreign ministry was more guarded about a possible visit by Abadi. He said Iran needed to make tangible and sustained changes to behave like a normal country. In June during the acrimonious G-7 meeting, held in Charlevoix, Quebec, which broke up amid highly personal recriminations between Trump and fellow summiteers over trade tariffs, May appeared especially eager to keep a low profile.

Johnson's comments come less than a week after the Trump administration on Tuesday reimposed a raft of sanctions on Iran that affect, among other things, the purchase or acquisition of United States dollars by the Iranian government, the country's auto industry and trade in gold or precious metals.

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