Boris Johnson has said that Iran’s nuclear agreement should be replaced by a “Trump agreement.”
The prime minister said he acknowledged US concerns that the 2015 agreement was “defective,” but there had to be a way to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
“If we are going to get rid, we need a replacement,” he told BBC Breakfast. “Replace it with the Trump agreement.”
His comments came when the United Kingdom, France and Germany activated a dispute mechanism in the agreement following the violations of Iran.
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Dominic Raab, will make a statement from the Commons later amid growing fears for the future of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA), which was abandoned by the US. UU. In 2018.
Iran has suspended all limits in its production of enriched uranium, which can be used to make jet fuel, but also nuclear weapons. He has said he is responding to the sanctions restored by the United States when he withdrew from the agreement in 2018.
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The BBC’s political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, says she understands that the prime minister believes that the current agreement should be operated in a format in which the United States registers.
In a broad interview with Dan Walker of BBC Breakfast, his first major television interview since the elections, the prime minister also said he was “very, very confident” about the UK and the EU negotiating a new trade agreement before 31 from December. .
Although, in any negotiation, a country had to “budget for a complete failure of common sense,” it believed that a successful outcome was “enormously likely.”
He also said the government was still analyzing whether Big Ben would sound at the time Brexit occurred at 23.00 GMT on January 31. The bell is currently being renovated and said it would cost around £ 500,000 to be reused for one night.
“We are developing a plan so that people can buy a bong for a Big Ben,” Johnson said.
What the prime minister said about Iran
The JCPOA, signed in 2015, saw Iran agree to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow international inspectors in exchange for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.
Trump described it as the worst negotiated agreement, but the United Kingdom and its other signatories, China, France, Russia and Germany, are still committed to it.
Speaking to the BBC, Johnson suggested that this would remain the case until the agreement was changed.
“My point to our American friends: we somehow have to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. If we want to get rid, we need a replacement.”
“From the American perspective, it is an imperfect agreement … it was also negotiated by President Obama.
“Replace it with the Trump agreement. That’s what we need to see. President Trump is a great negotiator on his own and by many others.”
“Let’s work together to replace the JCPOA and get the Trump agreement.”
The prime minister said he was pleased that Iran has admitted a “terrible mistake” by shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing everyone on board.
He defended the United Kingdom’s response to the US assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, saying he had played his “traditional role” in working with Washington and Europe to reduce tensions.
Iran, he said, was an “incredible country” and “should be oriented towards … our way of doing things”, but “they are captive of [the current] government.”
What the prime minister said about national priorities
The Prime Minister was asked what he would do to address record waiting times in A&E departments in December, with 400,000 people who had to wait more than four hours to receive treatment, many of them in carts and aisles.
Johnson said the health service would obtain additional funding of £ 34 billion over the next four years, with 50,000 more nurses and 6,000 new general practitioners.
“I also want to see improvements in performance, in A&E and in waiting times, across the country. We will work on this plane.”
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But he asked for patience when it was another big problem: finding an affordable solution for the provision of social care to the elderly.
When he first entered Downing Street in July, he suggested that he had a plan to solve the problem once and for all, but the conservative manifesto only committed himself to urgent talks between the parties.
He insisted that new proposals would be published this year, but it could take the entire Parliament, which is scheduled to last more than four years, to come into force due to the complexity of the issue.
“This has been eluded by governments for approximately 30 years. Now we will go ahead and deal with this so that people get the care they need and in their old age, but they don’t have to sell their house to pay for their care.”
“This is potentially a massive change and we have to do it right … There are many important moral and social problems contained in it.”
“Should taxpayers pay for people who could afford it …? Should families take care of their elderly relatives?”