UK urged to stand with United States against Iran by Woody Johnson

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Back us not Brussels on Iran, US ambassador tells Theresa May as he warns British businesses will lose trade

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is to visit top trading partners Turkey and Iran next week, an official said Saturday, days after Washington slapped new sanctions on Tehran and piled economic pressure on Ankara.

Ambassador Woody Johnson cautioned there would be trade consequences for Britain, which he described as the closest US ally, unless it breaks with the European Union and follows Trump in re-imposing sanctions on Tehran. "We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us".

The sanctions also concern Tehran's automobile and aviation sector, with tougher sanctions-especially an embargo on Iran's oil and banking sectors-to follow by November 4 should the Islamic Republic fail to accommodate President Trump's terms on "WORLD PEACE".

Despite opposition from European allies, US President Trump in May pulled the United States out of a deal between world powers and Tehran under which global sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear program.

"We made it clear that we regard the nuclear deal as an important part of the region's security".

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Al-Hamdani told the Iraqi website that the recent U.S. sanctions on Iran have not affected the Iraq-Iran trade relations, because "no steps have been taken by us and trade continues as in the past and has not been affected until now".

Earlier this week, British Minister for Middle East Affairs Alistair Burt backed the current deal negotiated with Iran, rejecting the idea that the United Kingdom would "go along with" the US. It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal.

Since then, Britain, France and Germany have sought to keep the deal alive, while Trump has prepared new sanctions, saying a broader and more balanced deal is needed.

In his article Sunday, Johnson said, "Only by presenting a united front can we exert the maximum possible pressure on the Iranian regime and get them to finally change course and put an end to their malign and reckless activities both at home and overseas".

Burt said the deal was an important part of regional security and that, with the European Union, the government was trying to protect British companies from the United States sanctions when dealing with Iran.

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