Leaked secret cables from Ambassador: part 2

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Vee, Jul 14, 2019.

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    New leak claims Trump scrapped Iran nuclear deal 'to spite Obama'

    Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal to spite Barack Obama, according to a leaked memo
    written by the UK's former ambassador in the US.

    Sir Kim Darroch described the move as an act of "diplomatic vandalism", according to the Mail on Sunday.
    The paper says the memo was written after the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson
    appealed to the US in 2018 to stick with the deal.
    The latest leak came despite the Met Police warning against publication.

    The first memos criticising President Trump's administration, which emerged a week ago,
    prompted a furious reaction from the US president and resulted in Sir Kim resigning from his role.

    What have we learnt from the latest leak?
    The Mail on Sunday reports that Sir Kim wrote to Mr Johnson informing him Republican President Trump appeared to be abandoning the nuclear deal for "personality reasons" - because the pact had been agreed by his Democrat predecessor, Barack Obama.

    Under the 2015 deal backed by the US and five other nations, Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

    However, President Trump said he did not think that the deal went far enough in curtailing Iran's nuclear ambitions and reinstated US sanctions after withdrawing from it in May 2018.

    In a tweet from June this year, the president also said he objected to Mr Obama having given Iran £1.8bn (£1.4bn) as part of the deal. Commentators later pointed out this was related to the settlement of an unfulfilled military order from the 1970s.

    Tehran recently announced it would break a limit set on uranium enrichment, in breach of the deal's conditions. However the UK, Germany and France say they are still committed to the deal.

    The British ambassador's memo is said to have highlighted splits amongst US presidential advisers; he wrote that the White House did not have a strategy of how to proceed following withdrawal from the deal.

    Mr Trump had said we would "no longer deal with" Sir Kim Darroch

    According to the paper, in his memo to Mr Johnson, Sir Kim wrote: "The outcome illustrated the paradox of this White House: you got exceptional access, seeing everyone short of the president; but on the substance, the administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons - it was Obama's deal.

    "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."

    Just when we thought it all over too?

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  2. Sounds like a leak of a nobody's opinion. Obama used fraud to sell it. Not just an opinion.
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