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News: International

U.S. National Security Advisor to Urge Tougher UK Stance on Iran's Regime


United States National Security Advisor John Bolton arrived in London on Sunday for talks at which he is expected to urge Britain to toughen its stance on Iran's regime.

Bolton’s two days of talks on Monday and Tuesday reflect the Trump White House’s attempts to solidify ties with the new British government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Reuters reported.

Bolton is expected to urge British officials to align policy on Iran more closely with that of Washington, which has pressured Tehran with ever-tightening sanctions after Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal.

Britain has so far backed the European Union in sticking with the nuclear accord, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but the seizure of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz by the Iranian regime's Revolutionary Guards has put pressure on London to consider a tougher stance.

British marines seized an Iranian vessel, suspected of smuggling oil to Syria, off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4. This month, Britain joined the United States in a maritime security mission in the Gulf to protect merchant vessels.

A senior Trump administration official told Reuters Bolton’s argument to the British will be that it would help add pressure on Iran's regime if London would declare the JCPOA dead but that such a decision was not expected soon.

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