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Leak claims Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal to spite Obama

14 July 2019

Tensions between the United States and Iran has been high ever since Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and accused the country of illegally enriching uranium.

Trump completely lacked an exit strategy when he pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and made the decision out of pure animosity towards his predecessor, the ex-UK ambassador to the U.S. said, according to a new embarrassing leak.

President Donald Trump on Friday offered good wishes to Britain's former ambassador to Washington Kim Darroch, who resigned earlier this week amid a spat with the Republican president following leaked diplomatic cables.

Former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon has welcomed the Met police investigation into the leak of official communications written by Britain's ambassador to the US Sir Kim Darroch.

The first leaked reports authored by Darroch were published last weekend, causing major turmoil between Britain and its closest ally.

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The ambassador was reported to have described the White House as "inept", prompting Trump to claim the ambassador was a "pompous fool" whom he would no longer deal with.

Darroch's defenders said his critical memos showed he was doing his job by providing candid assessments, as diplomats are expected to do, but he said the controversy had made it impossible to fulfill his duties.

The favourite to become the next Prime Minister Boris Johnson was heckled during a hustings event.

Britain's trade minister Liam Fox told reporters on Wednesday that the leaking of Darroch's confidential memos was an attempt to damage either the relationship between Britain and the United States or the envoy himself.

"Moreover, they can't articulate any "day-after" strategy; and contacts with State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region".

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In 2015, the United States, China, Britain, France, Russia and Germany signed a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for a partial lifting of worldwide economic sanctions.

Trump had always been critical of the deal and withdrew the United States on May 8, 2018.

"As a result the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism Command, who take national responsibility for investigating allegations of criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act, has launched a criminal investigation".

Sir Michael also backed a call by the Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Neil Basu for any news organisations holding leaked government documents to return them.

"A prosecution on this basis would amount to an infringement on press freedom and have a chilling effect on public debate".

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"I defend to the hilt the right of the press to publish those leaks if they receive them & judge them to be in the public interest: that is their job", he said in a tweet.

Leak claims Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal to spite Obama