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Boris Johnson has phone call with Iran’s President

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
9th Jan 20 12:12 pm

The British prime minister had a 20 minute phone call with Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani on Thursday calling for an “end to hostilities” in the Gulf.

A number 10 Spokesman said they both “discussed the situation in the region” following last weeks killing of Iran’s top general by a US drone strike in Baghdad.

The Downing Street spokesman said, “They discussed the situation in the region following the death of Qasem Soleimani and the prime minister called for an end to hostilities.”

The spokesman added that the prime minister “underlined the UK’s continued commitment” to the nuclear deal.

On Wednesday President Donald Trump said the “time has come” for the UK, Germany France, Russia and China to break away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The spokesman said, “The JCPOA is the best arrangement currently available to deliver upon our goal of stopping Iran from having a nuclear weapon.”

The foreign secretary Dominic Raab met with the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo in Washington and agreed that Iran’s breaches of the JCPOA are becoming acute.

Raab said, “We want to see Iran come back to full compliance and we will be looking at all measures including potentially triggering the DRM [the deal’s dispute resolution mechanism].”

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