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UK says Iran nuclear deal is not dead

The U.K.’s foreign secretary has warned an EU summit of foreign ministers that if the Iran nuclear deal is not maintained then the Middle East could face an existential threat.

Hunt promised that he will do everything in his power to prevent nations in the region from developing nuclear weapons, as if Tehran were to acquire a nuclear weapon, the region would enter a “toxic and dangerous situation.

To prevent this noxious situation, he will be building on the leadership shown by the U.K., Germany and France to protect and maintain the deal and to encourage Iran to comply with it.

Hunt also said that the U.K. and the U.S. are in disagreement over the nuclear deal with both countries having different views on how to denuclearise the region.

“The thing we agree with the Americans on is the long-term solution to the tensions in the Middle East – an Iran which ceases the destabilising activity that is happening in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen – and that is the root cause of the problems” Hunt said

On Sunday Britain, France and Germany released a joint statement in which they revealed their deep concerns on the rising tensions in the region. They called for the international community to act responsibly and to collectively de-escalate tensions and resume dialogue.

Under the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), Iran agreed to destroy its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium and cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98 per cent.

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