Lichfield’s MP says it’s important the UK understands Donald Trump’s motives for pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal.
The US president shrugged off pleas from European nations by moving away from an agreement to waive sanctions in exchange for commitments on the curbing of nuclear capabilities.
Trump had branded the deal “decaying and rotten”, saying it had failed to halt Iran’s development of ballistic missiles and had gifted the country a $100billion dollar “slush fund for weapons, terror and oppression”.
A discussion in the House of Commons saw Lichfield’s Conservative MP Michael Fabricant ask Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson if he could “not at least understand the motivation of the United States Administration”.
Mr Johnson replied: “We are of course working hand-in-glove with the United States, but we do believe that there were advantages in maintaining the discrete deal and stopping Iranian breakout. We thought that was a good idea.
“We certainly share the general ambition across the House to constrain Iran’s malignant activity.”
Mr Fabricant told LichfieldLive that while time would decide if the US move was the right one, the motives behind the withdrawal are clear.
“I’m no fan of Trump, but it’s important to understand his motives,” the Conservative MP said.
“The Iran agreement did not include their development of inter continental ballistic missiles nor their military expansionist activities in the region – the positive side effect of which has been the establishment of military cooperation between Israel and some Arab states – which has been incredibly destabilising.
“It’s important therefore for us to understand President Trump’s motives for tearing up the agreement. It is to starve Iran of funds to develop their inter-continental ballistic missiles and to force them to sign more comprehensive peace agreements that will stabilise the Middle East and prevent war.
“Only time will tell if Trump will be successful.”