Britain alarmed by Iran nuclear announcement: PM Boris Johnson's spokesman

Reuters London, London, Great Britain (UK) Jan 06, 2020, 06.55 PM(IST)

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Britain is urgently speaking to parties across the globe about Iran's recent announcement which states that it will abandon limitations on enriching uranium which is extremely concerning, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

Britain is urgently speaking to parties across the globe about Iran's recent announcement which indicates that it will abandon limitations on enriching uranium which is extremely concerning, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.

The spokesman also said there were international conventions in place to prevent the destruction of cultural heritage after US President Donald Trump threatened to hit 52 Iranian sites, including targets important to Iranian culture, if Tehran attacks Americans or US assets.

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"Iran's announcement is clearly extremely concerning. It is in everyone's interests that the deal remains in place. It makes the world safer by taking the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran firmly off the table," the spokesman told reporters.

"We have always said the nuclear deal is a reciprocal deal, and in light of Iran's announcement we are urgently speaking to partners about next steps."

On Trump's threat to strike Iranian sites, the spokesman said, "There are international conventions in place which prevent the destruction of cultural heritage.