British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said there is ‘no doubt’ that the 2015 nuclear deal clinched between Iran and world powers will survive.
Speaking at Chatham House in London on Tuesday, Johnson said: “I have absolutely no doubt that with determination and courage the [deal] can be preserved.”
“It is vital to understand that [US] President [Donald] Trump has not withdrawn from the JCPOA. He has not junked it. He has continued to waive nuclear-related sanctions against Iran,” the top British diplomat referring to the official name of the nuclear deal, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“This is not just because the essential deal is in the interests of Western security – though it is – but because it is profoundly in the interests of the Iranian people.”
“Iran is a great nation, of 80 million people – 2 thirds of whom are under the age of 30. They are highly educated, both men and women. They use and understand technology and they are bursting with a capitalist and entrepreneurial spirit.”
“If we can show them that they are welcome in the great global market-place then, in time, a very different relationship is possible with the modern heirs; after all, Iran is one of the greatest of all ancient civilisations,” Johnson added.