Britain rejects calls to take tougher stance on Iran as Benjamin Netanyahu meets Boris Johnson

Sept. 5, 2019

Downing Street on Thursday appeared to reject Israeli calls for Britain to take a harder line against Iran, despite Tehran warning it would announce new violations of the 2015 nuclear deal this weekend.

Boris Johnson met Benjamin Netanyahu in London as the Israeli prime minister continued his campaign to urge European leaders to abandon the Iran nuclear deal and impose fresh sanctions on Iran.

Mr Netanyahu also acknowledged that Donald Trump may meet Iran’s president at the United Nations this month but said America should keep up economic pressure even if the unprecedented talks take place.

“I can’t tell you when or whether the talks will take place between President Trump and Rouhani,” Mr Netanyahu told reporters in London. “Today I think what is needed is more pressure and the leverage which will come from that pressure on the regime in Iran.”