USA ambassador says United Kingdom should join Trump and put pressure on Iran

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

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

"America is turning up the pressure and we want the United Kingdom by our side. But we have had discussions with Washington about how we can work together in other ways to curb activity by Iran in the Middle East which concern us".

"Regarding the relations between Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iran, the meeting emphasized the deep relations between the two countries where great interests are binding them together", the statement said.

"The private sector is bound by the decisions that will be made by the Iraqi government in this regard", the Iraqi economic official noted, adding that the volume of trade transactions carried out by Iraqi and Iranian private sectors are valued at more than 5 billion U.S. dollars annually.

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

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. "Sometimes you need to take a stand against friends".

On Tuesday, the US had re-imposed the first round of economic sanctions on Iran, which mainly target the country's banking sector. It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal.

"It's a disloyal attitude towards the honest position of Iran and the blood of the martyrs this country has spilt to defend the land of Iraq" against extremists, said Moujtaba al-Hussein.

Johnson said the Tehran regime had used the flow of money coming in to the country since the easing of sanctions not to improve the lives of ordinary Iranians but to beef up spending on the military and networks of proxy forces and terrorists.

On several tempestuous issues dividing Trump and Europe in a deepening rift, May has been caught trying to please both sides.

Calling the renewed sanctions "the most biting ever imposed", Trump also threatened via Twitter that "anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States".

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