SHAFAQNA- The US national security adviser’s two-day visit to London included talks with the new Boris Johnson-led government on “maximum pressure” policy on Iran.
Johnson’s office said the prime minister and U.S. President’s adviser “spoke about Brexit and a range of other issues – including Iran, Hong Kong and 5G” network security, time reported. Bolton suggested that discussing issues such as U.S. sanctions on Iran and a ban of Chinese tech giant Huawei could wait until after Brexit.
As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on Oct. 31, its biggest geopolitical shift since World War Two, many diplomats expect London to become increasingly reliant on the United States.
Britain has so far backed the European Union in sticking with Iran nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. But tensions between Iran and Britain have also risen since the seizure of an Iranian vessel by British forces off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4 on baseless accusations of smuggling oil to Syria. This month, Britain joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Persian Gulf to protect merchant vessels.
But the seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz has put pressure on London to consider a tougher stance.
Ever since Bolton was appointed by Trump, Bolton has been pushing for escalation of tensions with Tehran and a possible ensuing war, presstv told.
Bolton is hoping that a Johnson administration will gradually adopt a foreign policy on Iran more independent of its two former EU partners Germany and France after Brexit, and closer to the policy of maximum economic pressure on Tehran imposed by Trump, according to theguardian.
A senior Trump administration official said Bolton’s argument to the British will be that it would help add pressure on Iran if London would declare the JCPOA dead but that such a decision was not expected soon, Reuters reported.
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