UK defense chief defends JCPOA

Added On August 9, 2018

 British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson has said that the current Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the best possible deal for addressing the West's concerns on Iran.

His statement comes one day after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal and reinstated sanctions on Iran.
Speaking at the Atlantic Council, Williamson said that he felt the JCPOA is the best possible deal and also achievable.
"We really encourage the United States along with all nations to get round the table and start discussing about actually have, we have something that could work. The JCPOA was a deal that we felt was the best possible deal that was achievable. None of us ever pretended it was a perfect deal, but actually it did deliver a number of important measures that I think everyone benefits from. So we really just encouraged the United States to start talking to its partners and Iran in order to be able to find a route forward."
Williamson's remarks forged a sharp contrast with U.S. President Donald Trump, who on Monday signed an executive order to re-impose sanctions on Iran.
In 2015, Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany, signed the deal in Vienna. Under the accord, Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow examinations by international inspectors in return for the lifting of the crippling economic sanctions.
Trans-Atlantic division has escalated over the Trump administration's threat to impose sanctions on companies that have business connections with Iran.
Hours before Trump's announcement to re-sanction Iran, the European Union (EU), Britain, France and Germany said in a joint statement that they would maintain economic ties with Tehran, and are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran.