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British Foreign Secretary: We Will Hold Iran Accountable for its Violations

British Foreign Secretary: We Will Hold Iran Accountable for its Violations

Tuesday, 10 March, 2020 - 07:30
Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. (AFP)
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Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab stressed on Monday that his country would not afford to see Iran acquire nuclear weapons, asserting that the international community should hold Tehran accountable for flouting the basic rules of international law.

“I think that it's really important that we work closely with our partners in the region but also that the Europeans and the North Americans give a very clear message on this: we cannot afford to see Iran acquiring nuclear weapons,” Raab said.

In an interview with Al Arabiya, he stressed that his country wants to see Iran come back into compliance with its obligations. “We will hold Iran to account when it systematically flouts the basic rules of international law or the deal that it's done,” he said.

He spoke about his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, noting that after leaving the European Union, Britain has a chance to focus on parts of the world, which are strategically important in the future.

Raab said he still believed the nuclear deal could work, but such decision lies in the hands of the regime in Tehran.

“We will hold Iran to account for its destabilizing activities in Syria and Iraq, but at all times we would like to see the door left open for Iran to do the right thing, come back to the negotiating table and build confidence that it’s actually a responsible member for the international community,” he said.

Tackling Yemen, Raab said his country supports the UN track and wants to see de-escalation and a political resolution to the conflict.

“There is now an opportunity, we think in Yemen, to resolve the conflict and to give the people of Yemen the prospects of a brighter future and that will require pressure on the Houthis, but also compromises by all parties in order to navigate our way forward," Raab added.

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