United Kingdom envoy said Trump left Iran nuclear deal to spite Obama

Lester Mason
July 14, 2019

Britain's ambassador to Washington believed US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iranian nuclear deal because it was associated with his predecessor Barack Obama, leaked documents showed Saturday.

The leaked memo written by Sir Kim Darroch, UK's former ambassador to the United States, reveals that Trump's decision to scrap the Iran nuclear deal was meant to spite Obama.

On 12 July UK Metropolitan Police opened a probe into the leak of excerpts from confidential cables that UK Ambassador Kim Darroch had sent to London in which he described the White House as "uniquely dysfunctional" and described US President Donald Trump as "inept, insecure and incompetent".

In 2015, the United States, China, Britain, France, Russia and Germany signed a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program in exchange for a partial lifting of worldwide economic sanctions. Now, the pact is gone and the sanctions are back with Trump promising more severity that could throw West Asia into chaos.

Johnson was unable to meet with Trump, but held a sit-down with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.

The leaks resulted in a vicious attack on Darroch by Trump and Darroch's resignation on Wednesday. The memo also reportedly mentions how the U.S. is not reaching out to allies, especially those in Europe, in dealings with Iran.

The latest memo to be disclosed was said to have been written by Mr Darroch in May 2018 following a visit to Washington by Mr Johnson - who was then foreign secretary - in a last ditch attempt to persuade the Trump administration not to abandon the Iran deal.

According to the Mail newspaper on Sunday, the memo was written after the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appealed to the United States in 2018 to stick with the nuclear deal, the BBC reported.

The ambassador, who resigned his post after the US President called him a "pompous fool" and "stupid guy" on Twitter, described Mr Trump's actions as "diplomatic vandalism".

Trump had always been critical of the deal and withdrew the United States on May 8, 2018.

"Moreover, they can't articulate any "day-after" strategy; and contacts with State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region", Darroch wrote, according to the Mail.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu said the Metropolitan Police had been given legal advice that there is "no public interest defence".

British officials have launched an inquiry to find the person responsible for the leak and counter-terrorism police said on Friday they had launched a criminal investigation.

His Tory leadership rival Boris Johnson said it was correct the person responsible for the leak was "hunted down and prosecuted" but it was wrong for police to target the media.

"It is the duty of media organisations to bring new and interesting facts into the public domain", he said while campaigning for the leadership of the ruling Conservatives.

"He was given a perfectly easy opportunity to say: "I'm sorry about this, he's an excellent ambassador and has my support", which we ought to give him because he is undoubtedly a superb ambassador and a very good civil servant, and he chose quite deliberately not to".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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