Donald Trump ditched Iran deal to spite Obama, new memo leak claims

Donald Trump ditched Iran deal to spite Obama, new memo leak claims

The Metropolitan police has rowed back from its warning that journalists could face prosecution if they publish any further leaked diplomatic cables such as those that ran in the Mail on Sunday last weekend, precipitating the resignation of the British ambassador to the US, Kim Darroch.

According to the Mail newspaper on Sunday, the memo was written after the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appealed to the U.S. in 2018 to stick with the nuclear deal, the BBC reported.

The Trump presidency could "crash and burn" and that "we could be at the beginning of a downward spiral. that leads to disgrace and downfall".

In a cable sent afterwards, Darroch reportedly indicated there were divisions in Trump's team over the decision, and criticised the White House for a lack of long-term strategy.

"None of the three could articulate why the President was determined to withdraw, beyond his campaign promises", he wrote.

"He was given a perfectly easy opportunity to say: "I'm sorry about this, he's an excellent ambassador and has my support", which we ought to give him because he is undoubtedly a superb ambassador and a very good civil servant, and he chose quite deliberately not to".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appear together at the State Department, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Washington.

He reported back that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during his talks with Johnson, "did some subtle distancing by talking throughout about "the president's decision".

The newspaper reported that, according to Darroch, Pompeo also hinted that he had tried but failed to "sell" a revised text to Trump.

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Officially, Trump had claimed that the United States is pulling out of the deal because it was "decaying" and 'defective to its core.' The pact, signed in 2015, had limited Iran's nuclear capabilities and in exchange, ensured economic sanctions on the country were relaxed.

Shortly after, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, among the deal's most vocal critics, boasted to Likud party activists that he had been the one to convince Trump to pull out of the accord.

In furious verbal attacks on Darroch, Trump has described the ambassador as "wacky", "a very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool".

Sir Kim stepped down as ambassador on Wednesday, saying it was "impossible" for him to continue.

Sir Kim had been ambassador in Washington for three years.

The suspect behind the leak of confidential memos penned by former United Kingdom ambassador in Washington Kim Darroch last week has been identified, yet not named by United Kingdom police, local media reported on Sunday.

The British police has also advised "all owners, editors and publishers of social and mainstream media" not to publish leaked government documents, whether they already have them or are offered to publish new ones.

His Tory leadership rival Boris Johnson said it was correct the person responsible for the leak was "hunted down and prosecuted" but it was wrong for police to target the media.

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