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UK's May tells Netanyahu Britain is committed to the Iran nuclear deal

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is set to tell parliament that she expects "leadership and flexibility" from the other 27 EU countries in the Brexit negotiations
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Phone call comes head of a deadline when Trump is expected to announce if the US is committed to the pact

British Prime Minister Theresa May told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the UK is committed to the Iran deal, in a phone call on Monday.

In a statement released by May's office, the UK prime minister said London "remains firmly committed to the deal and that we believe it is vitally important for regional security."

May affirmed to Netanyahu that the pact "neutralized the possibility of the Iranians acquiring nuclear weapons for more than a decade."

According to the statement, "Prime Minister [May] said it was important that the deal is carefully monitored and properly enforced, and that both sides deliver on their commitments."

Iranian Presidency Office via AP

According to the statement, both leaders "agreed that the international community needed to be clear-eyed about the threat that Iran poses to the Gulf and the wider Middle East, and that the international community should continue working together to push back against Iran’s destabilizing regional activity."

The phone call comes ahead of an October 15 deadline in which US President Donald Trump is expected to announce whether the US is nixing the deal.

President Donald Trump has railed against the deal to curb Iran's nuclear program, but officials say that far from scrapping it, he is considering kicking the decision to Congress.

Ahead of the deadline, several officials familiar with White House deliberations told AFP Trump has made it clear he does not want to certify Iran's compliance with the accord.

The 2015-era Obama agreement offered Tehran relief from punitive economic sanctions, in return for limits to uranium enrichment and intrusive inspections.

Every 90 days Trump must decide whether the Iran is living up to its end of the bargain, something that has already caused him political pain on two occasions.

The Trump administration has publicly accused Iran of violating the "spirit" of the accord -- known as the JCPOA -- although some officials privately admit there is a thin line between testing the limits and a material breach.

Trump's top military advisor, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, General James Dunford, has told Congress the briefings he has received "indicate that Iran is adhering to its JCPOA obligations."

But Republicans are under domestic political pressure to fulfill campaign and donor promises to scrap the accord.

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stevenl

BHO has assured Iran that NO one will be allowed to check on what they do with their nuke program. May supports this position!!!

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