Boris Johnson goes on Trump’s favourite TV show to persuade him over Iran
The Foreign Secretary will appear on the US president’s favourite TV show as part of the diplomatic charm offensive.
Boris Johnson will appear on Donald Trump’s favourite TV show in an effort to save the Iran nuclear deal.
The Foreign Secretary has travelled to the United States as part of a last-ditch diplomatic effort to persuade Mr Trump not to pull out of the international accord.
The US president has fiercely criticised the agreement, which eased sanctions on Tehran in exchange for commitments to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.
Mr Trump will decide on May 12 whether to reimpose sanctions and effectively torpedo the international alliance behind the deal.
The Foreign Secretary is expected to appear on the Fox & Friends morning news show, which Mr Trump is know to avidly watch – frequently tweeting about items which appear on it.
The Foreign Office confirmed Mr Trump would appear on the show during his visit to the United States.
Mr Johnson will also hold talks with senior administration officials including vice president Mike Pence and national security adviser John Bolton.
Writing in the New York Times, Mr Johnson said: “Of all the options we have for ensuring that Iran never gets a nuclear weapon, this pact offers the fewest disadvantages.
“It has weaknesses, certainly, but I am convinced they can be remedied. Indeed at this moment Britain is working alongside the Trump administration and our French and German allies to ensure that they are.”
British, French and German diplomats have been working for weeks behind the scenes with US counterparts in an effort to preserve the deal.
Boris Johnson: The nuclear deal with Iran has many shortcomings. But it would be far better to improve the deal than to kill it. https://t.co/Ck3p5BMe4j— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) May 6, 2018
Mr Johnson said the deal had put restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programme and “now that these handcuffs are in place, I see no possible advantage in casting them aside”.
“Only Iran would gain from abandoning the restrictions on its nuclear programme,” he warned, adding: “At this delicate juncture, it would be a mistake to walk away from the nuclear agreement and remove the restraints that it places on Iran. ”
The UK’s ambassador to the United States Sir Kim Darroch said the Iran agreement was “a good deal” but efforts were ongoing to “find some language, produce some action that meets the president’s concerns”.
He told CBS: “We have been talking at senior official level to the administration with our French and German colleagues for several weeks now.
“We think we’re making progress.
“We haven’t got there yet. We have a few days left to see if we can find a way through.”
Sir Kim said that “Plan A is that the US stays in the deal” but “we are looking at all eventualities”.
The ambassador also insisted that Mr Trump’s controversial comments about knife crime in London would not damage relations ahead of his visit to the UK in July.
“I don’t think it complicates the president’s visit. Every country has an issue with knife crime,” he said.
Israeli PM’s speech on Iran’s past nuclear weapons research shows why we need Iran Nuclear deal. Iran deal based not on trust but verification, allowing @iaeaorg unprecedented access. Need to keep deal & build on it to take account of US & allies’ concerns https://t.co/To50dEs3zM— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 1, 2018
Mr Trump has threatened to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal signed by the US, China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain with Iran.
Under its terms, Iran is committed to a peaceful nuclear energy programme.
But Mr Trump has been a vocal critic of the agreement and in January issued an ultimatum to “either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw”.