UK differs from US on JCPOA and policy of maximum economic pressure: UK Envoy

Tehran, June 2, IRNA – The British Ambassador to Tehran Rob Macaire said his country believed the maximum pressure policy pursued by the current US administration against Iran will get nowhere.

 Commenting on the differences between London and Washington on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he said this has caused dearly for the UK.

He further noted that the UK has made it crystal clear to the Trump government that it regrets the US exit from Iran nuclear deal and UK believes that such a pressure policy will not work on Iran.

Pointing to the historical relations existing between Iran and Britain, the ambassador noted: "History is of prime importance for us; one should not try to deny it or pass by indifferently." The historical ties between Iran and the UK are quite complicated so I ask people to review the relevant historical documents to realize that a two-way development has taken shape, he added.

The Ambassador noted in the interview that his government always tried to stop the disintegration of Iran by the Russian Tzars which led to their failure to chop parts of the Iranian soil.

He acknowledged that Former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw too expressed his regret over certain incidents in the history which has caused damages to Iran.

On the JCPOA, the diplomat said that his all parties of the deal thought of establishing a diplomatic procedure for tackling a global issue of Non-Proliferation Treaty when signing the deal so the British government still feels committed to implementing the deal and, contrary to what many people who dreamed of the UK leaving the JCPOA soon after the US exit from it, will stand faithful to the JCPOA as long as Iran stays committed to.

Macaire also said the US withdrawal from the JCPOA adversely affected the deal which could not be easily compensated by the European governments. "What we are trying to do is to try and make sure Iran will get the benefits that the deal offers to it.

Though the UK is the biggest US ally in the world now, he said, the differences in views of London and Washington on the JCPOA has caused London dearly.

We have been quite straightforward to the Trump government and told them that we are unhappy with their withdrawal from the deal because we believed the maximum pressure policy by the current US government on Iran will not work.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the British Ambassador in Tehran referred to The Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) which he described as a very complicated and still new project and said the important parts of it have already been materialized.


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