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London Trying to Persuade US to Remain Part of Iran Nuclear Deal

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - London is trying to convince Washington to remain part of Iran's nuclear deal, but is also searching for ways to preserve the agreement even if US President Donald Trump decides to withdraw, UK Ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch told the CBS broadcaster on Sunday.

"Plan A is that the US stays in the deal. That's what we're working towards. But of course we are looking at all eventualities… So we're looking at options for maintaining the deal should, which we hope they won't, should the US administration choose to withdraw," Darroch said.

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The ambassador added that the United Kingdom considered the agreement a "good" deal, although not a perfect one.

"No deal ever is perfect, and the [US] president is rightly concerned about Iran's regional activities, which are malign and damaging to security and stability. And he doesn't like the fact that missiles aren't covered. He's not happy about the sunset clauses, he thinks the inspections regime should be tougher," Darroch said.

The ambassador explained that the United Kingdom had some ideas about assuaging these concerns.

Darroch noted that no final results have been achieved on a side agreement to the deal yet.

"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," the ambassador said.

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Trump, who has been critical of the deal since his election campaign, is expected to announce no later than May 12 whether Washington will remain part of the agreement.

In 2015, Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom, United States, and the European Union agreed on a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Under the deal, the international sanctions would gradually be lifted off Iran in exchange for Tehran maintaining the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.

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