Donald Trump has invited Theresa May to join him in restoring sanctions against Iran - or else. "Nice country ya got here, Terry. Would be a shame if something happened to it."
The United States ambassador to the UK has called on Britain to side with President Donald Trump on Iran or risk "serious trade consequences" for UK businesses.
In a pointed intervention into an issue that has strained ties between the two allies, Woody Johnson said the UK should embrace Trump's hard-hitting sanctions on Iran, reimposed last week, and break with its European partners who are seeking to preserve the deal to curtail Iran's nuclear program.
"America is turning up the pressure and we want the UK by our side. It is time to move on from the flawed 2015 deal," Johnson wrote in the UK's Sunday Telegraph, referring to the 2015 Obama-era pact agreed by the US, Iran, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia. Trump withdrew from the deal in May.
"We are asking global Britain to use its considerable diplomatic power and influence and join us as we lead a concerted global effort towards a genuinely comprehensive agreement," Johnson added.
Shortly after the sanctions snapped back into place last week, Trump warned in a tweet that countries doing business with Iran would "NOT be doing business with the United States."America's allies must sort this out. Will they defend their sovereignty and stand up to Trump or will they submit? If they should know anything about this malignant narcissist, if they fold this won't end with Iran. This is far more about Trump than Iran. He's going to keep pushing them, working to dominate them. Will they find the courage to tell him "enough"?