United Kingdom police launch investigation into leaked ambassador cables

Trump was hostile to the accord with Iran because it was

Kim Darroch resigned on Wednesday after a scandal with leaked diplomatic cables that contained unvarnished assessments of the us administration, according to media reports.

According to the cables, in May 2018, Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary at the time, went to Washington to try to persuade Trump not to abandon the Iran deal. In the memos, Darroch had called Trump's administration inept.

"He was given a perfectly easy opportunity to say: "I'm sorry about this, he's an excellent ambassador and has my support", which we ought to give him because he is undoubtedly a superb ambassador and a very good civil servant, and he chose quite deliberately not to".

He reported back that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during his talks with Johnson, "did some subtle distancing by talking throughout about "the president's decision". The paper also reported that Darroch hinted at discord brewing between Trump's closest aides and said the White House had failed to produce a "day-after" plan on how to handle the aftermath of withdrawing from the deal.

In 2015, when Obama was in power, the US, China, Britain, France, Russia and Germany signed a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear programme in exchange for a partial lifting of global economic sanctions.

Britain's ambassador to the United States resigned Wednes.

The White House responded by refusing to deal with him.

The leak prompted a furious response from Trump who quickly announced that he would not deal with the British ambassador.

He added: "What could be more in the public interest than a better understanding of how this position was reached, which may have serious consequences for world peace?"

A first batch of leaked reports authored by Darroch last weekend caused major turmoil between Britain and its closest ally.

The paper said Darroch had written to the British government in May 2018 that Trump had made a decision to unilaterally withdraw from Iran's nuclear deal with major powers for "personality reasons" because it had been agreed by his predecessor Barack Obama. Britain's ambassador to the United States resigned Wednesday, July 10, 2019, just days after diplomatic cables criticizing President Donald Trump caused embarrassment to two countries that often celebrate having a "special relationship".

Sir Kim Darroch declared that Trump's actions amounted to "diplomatic vandalism", the Daily Mail reported on Saturday, quoting the cable.

London's Metropolitan Police said its terrorism command, which investigates potential breaches of Britain's Official Secrets Act, had initiated the probe into the leaking of Kim Darroch's correspondence.

On Saturday, following accusations from senior politicians including the Tory leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt that Scotland Yard was attempting to inhibit press freedom, Basu stated: "The Metropolitan Police respect the rights of the media and has no intention of seeking to prevent editors from publishing stories in the public interest in a liberal democracy".

"Freedom of the press is vital, of course".

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