Boris Johnson moved with lightning speed on Tuesday evening to save the Iran deal. He rushed from Parliament, made his plane with seconds to spare and met with European leaders and the Iran Foreign Minister to try to save the accord.
The Foreign Secretary said European leaders would thrash out a last-minute “package of measures” to ensure Tehran doesn’t ditch the accord.
And he also pledged to raise “difficult consular cases”, including the plight of jailed British mum Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, as well as 31 other jailed dual nationals.
Boris Johnson spoke to reporters as he and counterparts from Germany and France met with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif. He said: “We’re here for the UK to obviously stand with our European friends and partners, France and Germany to show our commitment to the deal.
“We think it has value even if America has decided to walk away, so we’ll be looking at a package of measures that we may be able to devise as Europeans, to encourage the Iranians to stay in the deal.”
Federica Mogherini, the EU’s top diplomat, said: “I believe we have a responsibility and a duty, I would say, to do all we can – and we can do a lot – to pressure the nuclear deal with Iran.
“I’ve been saying for one year now, probably more, especially to our friends in the US administration, that this deal is not a bilateral treaty, it is a UN security council resolution, and it belongs to the entire world.
The speed of Boris’s reaction mirrors his swift response to the Skripal poisoning. In a matter of days, building on the relationships he formed as Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson united the West against Putin. He is showing similar strength and deterimination now.