BICOM Briefing | Britain’s Iran dilemma

This briefing examines UK-Iran relations in historical context and concludes that the UK should remain in the Iran nuclear deal but can address flaws in the JCPOA in close cooperation with the US, especially with regards to key nuclear and arms limitation provisions that expire in a few years’ time.

The briefing examines the dilemma that Iran poses for the UK in light of splits with the US over the JCPOA and outlines how best to respond to Iran’s regional behaviour. The paper makes clear that Iran’s regional activities have increased since 2015 – when the nuclear deal was signed – and Iranian actions since then suggest the country maintains its ambition to reach nuclear weapons capability. The paper recommends the UK consider new sanctions to deal with Iran’s destabilising regional activities and Iran’s advanced ballistic missile programme.

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