UK prime minister stresses Iran deal to Tillerson: report

UK prime minister stresses Iran deal to Tillerson: report
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British Prime Minister Theresa May emphasized the significance of the Iranian nuclear deal during a recent meeting with Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonOvernight Regulation: Trump adviser affirms plans to leave climate deal | FDA to study new cigarette warning labels | DOJ investigating Equifax stock sales Top US security official targeted in Cuba Embassy covert attacks: report Trump adviser tells foreign officials no change on Paris climate deal MORE.

“[They] touched on the Iran nuclear deal, the PM underlining its importance in preventing Iran from procuring nuclear weapons,” a spokesman for May told Reuters.

The reported conversation comes as the Trump administration is said to be considering a more aggressive strategy toward Iran.

Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Mattis hints at US military options for North Korea Mattis: US to send 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan MORE and national security adviser H.R. McMaster assembled the proposal, which was presented to Trump in a National Security Council meeting last week.

The proposal would reportedly allow the U.S. Navy to provide a more aggressive response to provocations by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, while also calling for more aggressive seizures of Iranian arms shipments meant for militant groups around the Middle East.

While the Trump administration in July certified that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear accord, which was negotiated to curb the country’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, it argued Iran is “in default of the spirit” of the agreement.

The administration said in July that it would utilize a broader approach to tackle Iran’s “malign activities” outside of the nuclear deal.