President Trump suffered a setback in his efforts to persuade allies to abandon the Iran nuclear deal once and for all when British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signaled that the United Kingdom remains committed to the agreement.
Johnson has positioned himself as a close partner of Washington and backed Trump’s decision to launch the drone strike that killed Iran’s most powerful military leader. On Thursday, he spoke to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, to demand an end to further military retaliation.
“They discussed the situation in the region following the death of Qassem Suleimani, and the prime minister called for an end to hostilities,” said a spokesman for No. 10 Downing St.
Johnson also “underlined the U.K. commitment to the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and to ongoing dialogue to avoid nuclear proliferation and reduce tension,” the spokesman said.