Abadi cancels visit to Iran after sanctions decision

Aaron Brown
August 15, 2018

The punitive measures, a follow-up to the USA decision in early May to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, restrict Iranian access to U.S. currency, gold, and other precious materials.

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

Johnson wrote in his article that British businesses should cut all trade ties with Iran and help the USA form a "united front".

"It is clear that the danger from Iran did not diminish in the wake of the [2015 Iran] deal", Johnson wrote.

"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".

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"We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the USA, due to the latter's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action", EU officials said in a statement, adding that they would institute a "blocking statue" that would shield EU businesses from United States retaliation.

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

"We don't support the sanctions because they are a strategic error, but we will comply with them", said Abadi, whose country is an ally of both Tehran and Washington.

Iran has said it will restart aspects of the uranium enrichment program if the nuclear deal unravels.

The US pullout has been met with disbelief by European allies, who issued a statement on Monday committing to the 2015 deal and encouraged investors to maintain business ties with Iran. Of all the G-7 leaders at the bruising summit, she largely side-stepped the public skirmishing.

May's position is likely to become even more awkward in the coming days as she's forced to choose between European leaders, whose support she needs for a favorable Brexit deal or a US leader determined to secure EU compliance with reimposed sanctions on Iran, fear British officials.

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