Trump axed Iran deal to spite Obama, says leaked diplomatic cable

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The Mail on Sunday published Kim Darroch's message back to London, days after he resigned and a week after the newspaper published other leaked cables.

Darroch resigned as Britain's ambassador to the USA on Wednesday, after Trump announced the US would "no longer deal" with him.

This prompted Donald Trump to burst out in a spate of tweets, branding the ambassador a "pompous fool" whom he would no longer deal with.

The paper says the memo was written after the then Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appealed to the U.S.in 2018 to stick with the nuclear deal.

In a May 2018 cable, Darroch wrote that the Trump administration, in abrogating the Iran deal a year ago, "is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons - it was Obama's deal". The deal had been previously struck by Trump's predecessor Barack Obama and a leaked memo now claims that Trump may have taken the decision against Tehran just to spike the former US President.

Mr Graham, an ally of Mr Trump, said he believed Sir Kim had had a "raw deal" from the press, with "selective" coverage of his cables.

Trump has long lambasted the multilateral Iran nuclear deal, both as candidate and campaigner, saying it's enabled Iran to fund terrorism overseas and continue to progress towards nuclear weapons.

The European Union and Russian Federation remain committed to the deal.

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On Friday, the UK Metropolitan Police opened a probe into the leak of excerpts from confidential cables that Darroch had sent to London in which he described the White House as "uniquely dysfunctional" and warned that Trump could end up in "disgrace". I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well.... "We will no longer deal with him".

The spokesman added: "It's not news that the USA and United Kingdom differ in how to ensure Iran is never able to acquire a nuclear weapon; but this does underline that we do not shy away from talking about our differences and working together".

Setting out the terms of the criminal investigation, Mr Basu said: "Following a cross-government investigation led by the Cabinet Office, a Gateway Process has occurred today with the Metropolitan Police into the alleged leaking of official communications involving Sir Kim Darroch".

Following his resignation police launched a criminal investigation into the origins of the leak with Scotland Yard's Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu saying there was a "clear public interest" in bringing those responsible to justice.

He advised individuals and the media not to publish leaked government documents, warning this could be a criminal matter, and to instead hand them over to the police or return them to their rightful owner.

"I defend to the hilt the right of the press to publish those leaks if they receive them & judge them to be in the public interest: that is their job", he said.

"It's not entirely unprecedented", Dan Drezner, professor of International Politics at The Fletcher School of Tufts University, told Fox News.

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