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Johnson: UK Does Not Want Military Conflict Between West, Iran


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Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:50 GMT

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on US President Donald Trump, on Tuesday January 14th, to find an alternative to the nuclear deal with Iran, expressing his hope that no further escalation of tensions will occur because of Tehran.

"If we are going to get rid of it, we need a replacement. Let's replace it with the Trump deal,"Reuters quoted Johnson as saying in a BBC breakfast interview.He continued, "I do not want a military conflict between us, between the United States and Iran, let us alleviate the matter," stressing the need to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

Johnson said we do not envision any further escalation of tension over Iran. He stressed that the tension in the region should be calm.

Johnson denied that London had any connection with the killing of the commander of the Quds Force in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by an American strike in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

Iran and the six major powers - China, Russia, the United States, France, Germany and Britain - signed an agreement in 2015 guaranteeing the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program, in exchange for the abolition of all sanctions on Iran, according to the BBC.

In May 2018, the United States announced their withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran in a speech by US President Donald Trump, which exacerbated tensions between Washington and Tehran.

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