Britain’s showdown with Iran: Crunch meeting today after Trump ripped up deal

Liz Truss: Iran's last chance to agree to the JCPOA terms

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The talks will take place in an attempt to stop Iran from enriching uranium and allow international inspectors on the ground after Donald Trump withdrew the US from the previous deal. In return, Iran hope to have a number of sanctions removed. According to the EU’s foreign affairs department, EEAS, China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and Iran will all be in attendance at the meeting.

The EEAS hopes the meeting will allow for “the prospect of a possible return of the United States”, as well as “how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the agreement by all sides”.

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s top envoy for the talks, spoke on Twitter of the importance that this meeting has for all involved.

He tweeted: “Usually it isn’t popular to engage in serious business between the Catholic Christmas and the New Year.

“In this particular case this is an indication that all negotiators don’t want to waist (sic) time and aim at speediest restoration of #JCPOA.”

President Trump ripped up the deal with Iran in 2018 after negotiations were ongoing to resolve the situation.

However, with no resolve in sight, The Donald felt he was left with no choice but to take the US out of the agreement.

In 2015, he vowed that negotiations could have brought an end to the dispute – if dealt with properly.

He said: “A constructive deal could have easily been struck at the time, but it wasn’t.”

Former Secretary of State John Kerry, one of the architects of the agreement, attempted to strengthen relationships with Iran by reaching out to Iranians during the negotiations.

However, this only reportedly emphasised President Trump’s desire to take the US out of the deal.

Trump tweeted in 2018: “John Kerry can’t get over the fact that he had his chance and blew it!

“Stay away from negotiations John, you are hurting your country!”

But during his Presidential campaign, it was never the strong intention of the 75-year-old to end the agreement with Iran.

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In fact, the former President suggested that he wanted to negotiate the deal – rather than take the US out of it.

He said: “It’s very hard to say, ‘We’re ripping it up’.

“I would police that contract so tough that they don’t have a chance.

“As bad as the contract is, I will be so tough on that contract.”

But during his formal announcement to take the US out of the deal in July 2018, he said: “The so-called Iran deal was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb, a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime.

“In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and over time reach the brink of a nuclear blackout.

“Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie.”

He added: “The United States no longer makes empty threats.

“When I make promises, I keep them.”

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