USA ambassador urges United Kingdom to pull out of Iran nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk stepping off Air Force One as they arrive at London's Stansted Airport last month

Iran and Iraq - enemies in a brutal eight-year war that ended in 1988 - have developed close ties since Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003 by a US -led invasion. "We don't sympathise with the sanctions, we don't think they are appropriate and we don't interact with them, but we are committed to protect our people".

"America is turning up the pressure and we want the United Kingdom by our side. We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us".

Johnson's plea comes days after US President Donald Trump upped sanctions on Iran after the US withdrew from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal, in May.

Britain remained open to talks with the US on how to address concerns about Iran.

US President Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions against Iran has caused great turmoil, effectively giving countries trading with the Islamic Republic two options; either comply with the sanctions or cease doing business with the US.

"America is turning up the pressure and we want the our side", Ambassador Woody Johnson, who owns the New York Jets with his brother, wrote in an op-ed published Sunday in the Telegraph.

A week ago Britain signed on to a joint statement with other EU countries that pledged to press on with a strategy to lessen the impact of the US sanctions on European businesses.

Asked about Johnson's article, the British foreign office pointed to comments from Middle East minister Alistair Burt, who last week ruled out Britain going along with the United States.

Under the nuclear agreement, also known as the Comprehensive Plan of Joint Action, the Persian country pledged to enrich uranium to only 3.67 percent and surplus remit it to Russian Federation.

"We don't support the sanctions because they are a strategic error, but we will comply with them", said Abadi, whose country is an ally of both Tehran and Washington.

The Iraqi prime minister will then head to Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday to hold a series of meetings, French media reported. She is struggling to quell rebellions within the ranks of her Conservative party over Brexit negotiations and she can't afford to alienate Brussels further by siding with Washington on the Iran nuclear deal, say analysts.

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