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UK Foreign Secretary urges Trump to stay in Iran deal

London, May 7: UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has urged US President Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, saying “it would be a mistake to walk away”. Johnson, who is currently travelling to the US, made the remarks in a New York Times editorial published on Sunday. Trump, a fierce critic of the deal, has until May 12 to decide if he will again waive sanctions against Iran in exchange for limitations on its nuclear ambitions. In January, the last time he signed off on the pact, the President warned that it faced a “last chance”. Trump has called for stricter measures, including curbing Iran’s access to ballistic missiles. 

In Washington, Johnson will not meet Trump but is expected to hold talks with Vice President Mike Pence and National Security Adviser John Bolton, the Guardian reported. Johnson is the last representative of the so-called “EU three” – France, Germany and Britain, key allies in negotiating the deal in 2015 – to meet the administration before the deadline. (IANS)

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