Donald Trump has been pressing Europe to leave the nuclear deal ever since he unilaterally took the U.S. out of deal in May 2018, and the White House will be delighted that its sustained pressure has paid off. Under the agreement, global sanctions against Iran were lifted in return for Tehran agreeing to curbs on its nuclear program.
The three European powers party to the deal act though the EU, which coordinates any negotiations over it with the other parties, which include Russian Federation and China.
If the Security Council does not vote within 30 days to continue sanctions relief, sanctions in place under previous United Nations resolutions would be reimposed - known as a "snapback".
The Telegraph understand the decision was taken jointly last month, in response to Iran's stage three and four renouncements of nuclear deal commitments, which are considered to be irreversible and pose proliferation threat.
Washington's exit from the nuclear pact, and the severe economic distress caused by the USA sanctions that followed, have fed one of the biggest escalations in hostility between the United States and Iran since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. "My point to our American friends is, look, somehow or other you've got to stop the Iranians acquiring a nuclear weapon", Johnson said.
Iran announced, following the death of Gen. Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike in Baghdad, that it would no longer comply with any commitments under the 2015 deal signed with several world powers.
After the killing of Soleimani, Iran targeted US forces in Iraq, apparently without any casualties. After days of denials, the Iranian authorities acknowledged responsibility for the crash, and have since faced days of anti-government demonstrations at home. The EU nuclear experts said Iran's first two steps away from the deal centering on uranium enrichment stockpile were tolerable, but its later steps meant Iran's path to nuclear break-out was coming too short. Tehran says it will not renegotiate as long as USA sanctions are in place.
"Let's replace it [JCPoA] with a Trump deal".
On the deal, he said: "If we're going to get rid of it, let's replace it and let's replace it with the Trump deal..."