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Standing in front of the Corinthian columns at the US Department of Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson is vigorously pumping the hand of his American colleague Mike Pompeo and giving a thumbs up for reporters.

But when the foreign minister turned around after the photo call, he knew that his hastily arranged diplomatic mission to Washington was about to fail.

It was May 7, 2018, and Mr. Johnson was hurriedly sent away to make a final plea to President Donald Trump not to let go of a nuclear deal with Iran, considered crucial by many experts to prevent the regime build an atomic bomb.

During a hectic 26-hour meeting, Mr. Johnson met the key & # 39; Trump Whisperers & # 39; – those advisers with the ear of the unpredictable leader of America. However, it became clear that, despite the & # 39; special relationship & # 39; change between Great Britain and the US.

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Sir Kim said in his cables that the president had left the deal for & # 39; personality reasons & # 39; and suggested that there were divisions between his closest advisors

Britain's Ambassador to Washington Sir Kim Darroch claimed that Donald Trump had left the nuclear deal with Iran as an act of & # 39; diplomatic vandalism & # 39; to punish his predecessor Barack Obama

Britain's Ambassador to Washington Sir Kim Darroch claimed that Donald Trump had left the nuclear deal with Iran as an act of & # 39; diplomatic vandalism & # 39; to punish his predecessor Barack Obama

Britain's Ambassador to Washington Sir Kim Darroch claimed that Donald Trump had left the nuclear deal with Iran as an act of & # 39; diplomatic vandalism & # 39; to punish his predecessor Barack Obama

In an explosive diplomatic cable that was sent to London after Mr. Johnson went home, Sir Kim Darroch, the British ambassador to the US, complained that the Trump government was on an act of diplomatic vandalism. has been stopped.

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In a blunt review, Sir Kim wrote that Mr. Trump seemed to be leaving the nuclear deal with Iran for & # 39; personality reasons & # 39; because it was approved by his predecessor Barack Obama.

And Sir Kim suggested that there were divisions between the closest advisors to the president and claimed that the White House lacked a & # 39; day after & # 39; strategy on what to do after withdrawing from the joint comprehensive action plan (JCPOA) ), the official name for the deal with Iran.

The new telegram is revealed today, a week after this newspaper first revealed an amazing cache of leaked memos from Sir Kim.

Our revelations, which dominated the headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, made the president furious and urged Sir Kim to be a & # 39; pompous fool & # 39; and & # 39; crazy & # 39; and stated on Twitter that he would no longer interact with him.

During a crazy 26-hour meeting, Boris Johnson met the most important & # 39; Trump Whisperers & # 39; but despite violent handshaking with US minister Mike Pompeo and giving a thumbs-up for cameras & # 39; s able to change the opinion of the American president

During a crazy 26-hour meeting, Boris Johnson met the most important & # 39; Trump Whisperers & # 39; but despite violent handshaking with US minister Mike Pompeo and giving a thumbs-up for cameras & # 39; s able to change the opinion of the American president

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During a crazy 26-hour meeting, Boris Johnson met the most important & # 39; Trump Whisperers & # 39; but despite violent handshaking with US minister Mike Pompeo and giving a thumbs-up for cameras & # 39; s able to change the opinion of the American president

Sir Kim said goodbye on Wednesday after Mr. Johnson wanted to say during a Tory leadership discussion on television whether he would hold the ambassador in his position if he were to become prime minister. Frank Johnson, who appeared alongside rival Jeremy Hunt, only slightly criticized Trump's comments and refused to support the highly experienced diplomat.

Sir Kim's cold shoulders stood in stark contrast to their joint efforts 14 months earlier to try to convince the White House not to dislodge the nuclear deal with Iran.

Signed in July 2015 by Iran and six major powers, including the US and Great Britain, the deal limited Iran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting crippling sanctions.

Under the agreement, Iran promised to reduce its uranium reserves by 98 percent for 15 years, the number of centrifuges that can be used to enrich uranium, and drastically reduce forensic inspections of its nuclear facilities.

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In a blunt review, Sir Kim wrote that Mr. Trump seemed to be stopping the nuclear deal with Iran due to & # 39; personality reasons & # 39;

According to the Obama administration, which considers it an important diplomatic triumph, the deal would be the so-called & # 39; break-out time & # 39; – the time it would take Iran to produce enough highly enriched uranium to build an atomic bomb – from a few months to a year or more.

But Mr. Trump hated the pact that during his 2016 election campaign he was a & # 39; disaster & # 39; and & # 39; the worst deal ever negotiated & # 39; called.

To the dismay of his future allies in Europe, he stated before the elections that his & # 39; number one priority & # 39; would be to dismantle & # 39; the disastrous deal with Iran & # 39 ;. It was therefore perhaps not surprising that Mr. Johnson was in an unusually sober mood when he settled in his eight-hour flight to Washington DC almost two years later on May 6, 2018.

Sir Kim had done well what he would later describe in his diplomatic telegram as & # 39; a packed program & # 39; for the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Boris Johnson did not meet the president himself, but became the prime minister to meet vice president Mike Pence. Sir Kim said it was clear that the president's advisers had different opinions
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Boris Johnson did not meet the president himself, but became the prime minister to meet vice president Mike Pence. Sir Kim said it was clear that the president's advisers had different opinions

Boris Johnson did not meet the president himself, but became the prime minister to meet vice president Mike Pence. Sir Kim said it was clear that the president's advisers had different opinions

During his short visit, Mr. Johnson would see Mr. Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, and his chief of staff John Kelly, as well as Trump's daughter Ivanka, and her husband Jared Kushner, who was closely involved in the peace process in the Middle East.

With a little luck, there would also be an opportunity to meet Mr Pompeo, Mr Trump's newly appointed Foreign Minister, whose planned trip to North Korea was delayed.

But disappointingly, Mr. Johnson would not see the president himself. Everything had gone too fast and he had to meet Vice President Mike Pence, even if this would make him the first British minister to win the time with Trump's deputy.

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In a lesser move, however, Johnson appeared on Fox and Friends – Mr. Trump's favorite television show – and appealed to the president with a passionate and direct change of course.

& # 39; What if the Iranians rush to a nuclear weapon? & # 39 ;, he asked. & # 39; Are we seriously saying that we will bomb those facilities? Is that really a realistic possibility or are we working together with what we have and are we pushing Iran back together? & # 39;

Boris Johnson, pictured with Ivanka Trump, traveled to the United States in 2018 in a doomed journey to convince Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran deal

Boris Johnson, pictured with Ivanka Trump, traveled to the United States in 2018 in a doomed journey to convince Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran deal

Boris Johnson, pictured with Ivanka Trump, traveled to the United States in 2018 in a doomed journey to convince Donald Trump not to abandon the Iran deal

In his memo, Sir Kim describes how, during his crunch meetings with Trumps inner circle, Mr. Johnson praised the Americans for their work in North Korea; thanked them for their support for the Russian poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury; and acknowledged the & # 39; impeccable collaboration & # 39; between the US and the UK on recent air strikes in Syria.

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Such & # 39; n flattery easily came to the old Etonian. The main theme on the agenda – Iran – would be much more difficult.

In the two-page summary, written by Sir Kim to Mr. Johnson and sent to Foreign Affairs, No. 10, the Ministry of Defense and elsewhere in Whitehall, the ambassador revealed how the Foreign Minister said he the shortcomings and shortcomings in the & # 39; deal, but argued that the White House should stay with it. Parallel to Mr. Johnson's argument, he wrote: & # 39; A deal that captured an outbreak period of more than a year, removed two-thirds of Iran's centrifuges, reduced their enriched uranium reserves by 95 percent, harnessed over the heavy-water reactor (potential used to produce plutonium that could be used in a bomb) and including an exceptionally rigorous inspection regime, should not be thrown away. & # 39;

Vice President Pence, Mr. Bolton and Mr. Pompeo listened respectfully – with the latest signs showing that he disagreed with Mr. Trump's position, the cable said.

Mr. Trump hated the pact that his predecessor negotiated and that during his election campaign in 2016 he was a & # 39; disaster & # 39; and & # 39; the worst deal ever negotiated & # 39; called.

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During their meeting on the seventh floor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Pompeo & # 39; took a subtle distance by talking about & # 39; the President's decision & # 39; and he hinted that he had tried to edit a revised text & # 39; & # 39; to Trump, according to Sir Kim's memo.

He also informed Mr. Johnson that he hoped to convince the president to mitigate the impact of closing the deal by, for example, refraining from imposing so-called secondary sanctions designed to punish other countries for doing business with Iran. . After their discussions, Mr. Johnson and Mr. Pompeo appeared shortly before reporters in the Treaty Room Suite of the Ministry, shook hands and exchanged polite courtesies.

Sir Kim added to Johnson in his memo: & # 39; Pence also took you aside and hinted that the president was looking for a new deal that & # 39; everything covers & # 39 ;: stopping the Iranian nuclear activity – enrichment, production, reprocessing – completely; stopping their development from ballistic missiles; and to force them to abandon their activities in the region. & # 39;

& # 39; Absolutely wonderful to see you, & # 39; the foreign minister insisted. & # 39; Thank you for taking the time. & # 39;

& # 39; These are important times, so thank you for being here & # 39 ;, Mr. Pompeo replied, not answering a reporter who asked if he was convinced of Mr. Johnson & # 39;

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But Vice President Pence had a blunter message during his meeting with the Foreign Minister at the White House.

Sir Kim's report describes how he told Mr. Johnson that the & # 39; clear tendency of Mr. Trump & # 39; was to start over instead of building on faulty foundations: he wanted a much harder deal. & # 39;

Sir Kim added to Johnson in his memo: & # 39; Pence also took you aside and hinted that the president was looking for a new deal that & # 39; everything covers & # 39 ;: stopping the Iranian nuclear activity – enrichment, production, reprocessing – completely; stopping their development from ballistic missiles; and to force them to abandon their activities in the region. & # 39;

In the interest of diplomacy, Mr. Pence reassured Mr. Johnson that the White House wants to stay close to its allies and consult the British on the next steps.

& # 39; This is not about walking away, it's about walking to something better & # 39 ;, said the vice president reportedly.

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Sir Kim, however, described how the British delegation was surprised by the inability of Mr. Trump's advisers to explain why he was so determined to spoil the deal or their strategy after he withdrew.

Darroch said Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal & # 39; the end of a long way & # 39; was and emphasized how the arrival of National Security Adviser John Bolton in the White House in April 2018 was generally predicted to reinforce this outcome & # 39;

Darroch said Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal & # 39; the end of a long way & # 39; was and emphasized how the arrival of National Security Adviser John Bolton in the White House in April 2018 was generally predicted to reinforce this outcome & # 39;

Darroch said Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal & # 39; the end of a long way & # 39; was and emphasized how the arrival of National Security Adviser John Bolton in the White House in April 2018 was generally predicted to reinforce this outcome & # 39;

& # 39; None of the three could state why the President was determined to withdraw outside of his campaign promises, & # 39; he wrote. & # 39; And, even if you pressed it, no one had much to say about the day after, or a plan B, more than the reimport of American sanctions. & # 39;

Thus & # 39; n destructive criticism echoed another memo unveiled last week by this newspaper, in which Sir Kim described the White House as a & # 39; unique dysfunctional environment & # 39; and & # 39; diplomatically clumsy and awkward & # 39 ;.

The only consolation for Mr. Johnson was that the ultra-aggressive Mr. Bolton, who had previously called for the bombing of the Iranian regime, & # 39; said explicitly that he (Trump) had no preference for a military option & # 39 ;.

Who is the officer threatening the press with prosecution for the Sir Kim Darroch leak?

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu

He is Scotland Yard's high-flyer with what many consider the toughest job in police work.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu, Britain's largest Asian police officer, oversees terrorism investigations at the Metropolitan Police and is the so-called & # 39; national chief officer & # 39; fight against terrorism in the UK.

Colleagues say that he is loved by the armed forces and intelligence officers at MI5 and that he is likely to be the next Met Commissioner.

But his 27-year police career was not without controversy, particularly as head of Operations Weeting, Elveden and Tuleta. The three investigations into phone hacking, computer hacking, and alleged newspaper payments to police officers cost around £ 19.5 million and were criticized for criminalizing journalists. Critics at the time said the Met could have spent the money on terrorists, murderers and drug dealers.

Mr Basu also raised his eyebrows when he criticized the Prevent program – which attempts to detect and deradicalize Muslim extremists – as & # 39; toxic & # 39 ;. & # 39; The government won't thank me for saying it, but an independent Prevent reviewer … would be healthy, & # 39; he said.

A Hindu, born of an Indian doctor's father and a white British mother, has said he has been fighting racism for most of his life.

He grew up in Stafford, where he studied at Walton High School before studying economics at the University of Nottingham. He became a policeman with Met in 1992 and first served as a beatbobby in Battersea, South London, before moving quickly as a councilor in Barnet, North London, and a commander of South London in 2012.

His first major well-known Met message came in 2014, when he was named Commander – Organized Crime and Gangs. Three years later, as Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Basu was tested when Britain was hit by an unprecedented five terrorist attacks in one year, including the Manchester bombing that killed 22 people and the Westminster attack, four of which people were killed, including a police officer.

The most prominent counterterrorism investigation led by Mr Basu in his current role was the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury last year, which the Met says was directed by the Kremlin.

A father with three sons, Mr. Basu is married to Dr. Nina Cope, a senior official at the National Crime Agency, often described as the British FBI.

At the end of a debilitating series of meetings, the Foreign Minister left Washington empty-handed.

Sir Kim could not hide his disappointment when he sent his cable to Washington at 1.38 pm on May 8.

& # 39; I am grateful to you that you came out in the short term and did such a full program & # 39 ;, he told Johnson. & # 39; The outcome illustrated the paradox of this White House: you had exceptional access and everyone looked after the president; but at the core, the government is committed to an act of diplomatic vandalism, apparently for ideological and personal reasons – it was the Obama deal.

& # 39; In addition, they cannot use any & # 39; formulate the day after & # 39; strategy; and contacts this morning with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs do not suggest a plan to reach partners and allies, both in Europe and in the region. & # 39;

Less than two hours later, the failure of Mr. Johnson's mission was confirmed when Mr. Trump announced that he was stopping America's participation in the deal with Iran and imposing sanctions.

In a second cable that was sent at 6:58 p.m. in Washington time, Sir Kim reported that & # 39; Trump after a typical hyperbolic statement about the nature of the & # 39; murderous & # 39; Iranian regime has signed a presidential memorandum to start the process of restoring US nuclear sanctions. & # 39;

Mr. Trump's decision was, "he said," the end of a long way & # 39; and emphasized how Mr. Bolton's arrival at the White House in April 2018 was generally predicted to reinforce this outcome.

& # 39; Many of the speech echoed lines that we have personally heard from Bolton, & # 39; he explained.

Before securing himself for the night, he reassured London that British diplomats had pulled everything out of the closet. However, it was clear that the special relationship had its limits.

& # 39; We have done everything to save the government. Many said it would go on the first day of Trumps time in office. No means have been left unused in our attempt to convince and shape the opinion of the government, & he sighed.

On the same day, the same frustration became apparent when Mr. Johnson made a statement to the House of Commons about the President's decision.

& # 39; The government deplores the decision of the US government to withdraw from the deal and introduce US sanctions against Iran, & # 39; he said to parliamentarians.

& # 39; We have done our utmost to prevent this outcome: from the moment President Trump & # 39; s administration took office, we advocate maintaining the JCPOA at every level. & # 39;

He chose his words carefully and also seemed to acknowledge Sir Kim's concerns in the absence of a & # 39; day after & # 39; strategy by the White House. & # 39; Now that our efforts on this side of the Atlantic have not been successful, it is up to the US government to give their opinion on the way forward. & # 39;

For Mr Johnson, however, the visit had not been entirely in vain.

Two months later, and despite his criticism of Mr. Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the president used a visit to the UK to greet the foreign minister as & # 39; a very talented guy & # 39; who & # 39; would be a great prime minister & # 39 ;.

Now critics accuse him of throwing Sir Kim & # 39; under the bus & # 39; In order to protect his leadership ambitions, Mr. Johnson may have reason to regret receiving such a fulsome approval.

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