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    Boris Johnson: Replace Iran nuclear plan with 'Trump deal', says PM

    Johnson sucking up to Trump- maybe hoping for help after Brexit. Will he be the new Thatcher and support anything the US president does?
    However, there is no "Trump deal" on Iran. None has been proposed.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-51104386

    The PM has said the Iran nuclear deal should be replaced with a "Trump deal".

    Boris Johnson said he recognised US concerns the 2015 deal was "flawed", but there had to be a way of stopping Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

    "If we're going to get rid of it then we need a replacement," he told BBC Breakfast. "Let's replace it with the Trump deal."

    His comments came as the UK, France and Germany triggered a dispute mechanism in the deal after violations by Iran.

    There are growing fears for the future of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was abandoned by the US in 2018.

    Iran has suspended all limits on its production of enriched uranium, which can be used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons. It has said it is responding to sanctions reinstated by the US.

    In a joint statement, the three European powers said Iran was not "meeting its commitments" and it was referring the issue to the body which enforced the agreement to try and ensure Tehran returned to compliance as soon as possible.

    "We do this in good faith with the overarching objective of preserving the JCPOA," it added.

    'Need a replacement'
    President Trump has described the JCPOA as the worst deal ever negotiated, but speaking to the BBC, Mr Johnson suggested the UK would remain committed to it until the agreement was changed.

    "From the American perspective, it's a flawed deal... plus it was negotiated by President Obama," the PM said.

    "Let's replace it with the Trump deal. That's what we need to see. President Trump is a great dealmaker by his own account, and by many others.

    "Let's work together to replace the JCPOA and get the Trump deal instead."

    The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg says she understands the PM believes the current deal has to be made to work in a format that the US will sign up to.

    In a Commons statement later, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused Iran of "systematic non-compliance".

    However, he said the UK and its European allies remained "committed to the deal", adding: "We are triggering the DRM [dispute resolution mechanism] to reinforce the diplomatic track, not abandon it."

    Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, though, suggested the prime minister and the foreign secretary were "not exactly on the same page".

    She asked whether it was the government's official policy to replace the JCPOA with a "Trump agreement", adding: "If that is not official government policy - why did the PM say it?"

    Mr Raab insisted the UK position was clear and the PM supported the deal.

    "Of course you can want to preserve this deal but be ambitious that it's possible to bring in the United Sates and Tehran into a broader rapprochement...

    "That's the policy that we're pursuing."

    The BBC's diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus said the JCPOA was now in a kind of limbo - abandoned or largely abandoned by its two most important signatories, the US and Iran.

    In invoking the dispute mechanism, he said the Europeans were taking the first formal step towards writing its obituary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyjuan View Post
    Johnson sucking up to Trump- maybe hoping for help after Brexit. Will he be the new Thatcher and support anything the US president does?
    However, there is no "Trump deal" on Iran. None has been proposed.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-51104386
    I've heard that Johnson is going to be invited to speak to a Joint Session of Congress. A rare honor. I think that's what he wants. He is visiting the US next month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warlord View Post
    I've heard that Johnson is going to be invited to speak to a Joint Session of Congress. A rare honor. I think that's what he wants. He is visiting the US next month.
    Changing his mind?

    https://www.businessinsider.com/bori...y-tour-2019-12

    Donald Trump has invited Boris Johnson to celebrate his general election win with a "victory tour" of the United States next month, according to reports, which add that the prime minister is reluctant to accept the invitation.

    The US President made the offer during his congratulatory phone call to Johnson after he won an 80-strong majority at the UK's general election earlier this month. Trump told the prime minister that he and he his partner Carrie Symonds could "go wherever they wanted" in the US, the Mail on Sunday reported.

    However, Johnson is reportedly reluctant to visit while Trump is facing impeachment. The President is accused of seeking help from Ukraine to damage his political rivals ahead of the 2020 election.

    Johnson and Trump have repeatedly praised each other. The president has called his British counterpart a "friend" while the prime minister has saluted Trump's "many, many good qualities."

    But Johnson appeared to recognise that Trump's toxic image in the UK posed a serious risk to his election campaign, and largely avoided the President when he visited London for a NATO summit at the beginning of December.

    Johnson reportedly asked Trump to pull out of a scheduled interview with broadcaster Piers Morgan, amid fears he would make a off-the-cuff remark which could derail the Tory election campaign. The interview did not go ahead.

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/107254...-election-win/

    The address would not be without political trouble for Mr Trump.

    He will have to convince his opponent, Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, to invite Mr Johnson to speak in Congress.

    Ms Pelosi has lead the impeachment hearings against the US President, and has promised to block a UK-US trade deal if Brexit disrupts peace in Northern Ireland.

    Other ideas to celebrate the relationship between the US and the UK are a state visit to the UK in the Summer, to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
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