Boris Johnson Says It’s Time to Make a New Nuclear Deal With Iran

Boris Johnson Says It’s Time to Make a New Nuclear Deal With Iran

access_time2019-09-24 11:00:03

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday called for a new nuclear deal with Iran, saying President Donald Trump is the "one guy" who can broker a better accord.

Johnson chided the "many defects" of the Obama-era agreement to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions but said he thinks there is "logic" in having an agreement in place.

"Let's do a better deal," Johnson said in an interview with "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt, his only with an American network. "I think there's one guy who can do a better deal ... and that is the president of the United States. I hope there will be a Trump deal."

The Trump administration officially withdrew from the 2015 nuclear pact, known as the JCPOA, last year.

Johnson's comments come amid mounting tensions between Washington and Tehran after a recent attack on a major Saudi Arabian oil facility. Two U.S. officials familiar with intelligence assessments told NBC News last week that the strike originated geographically from Iranian territory.

The prime minister said the United Kingdom was "virtually certain" Iran was behind the Sept. 14 oil field attack.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is interviewed by Lester Holt.NBC News

"We have no other workable hypothesis about how that happened," he said. "That presents the world with a very difficult scenario, very difficult position. How do we respond?"

Iran has denied responsibility.

Johnson, who is scheduled to meet with Trump at the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week, praised his American counterpart as a "very, very brilliant negotiator."

He demurred about whether the two leaders had discussed potentially returning to the negotiating table with the Iranian regime, however, saying "you must ask the president about that."

The Conservative prime minister, known for his brash style and populist rhetoric, appeared to distance himself from Trump when asked to comment on comparisons often drawn between the two men.

"I think they are peculiar," Johnson said after a long pause.



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