Donald Trump has taken the place of Barack Obama as President of the United States in 2016. (AP: Pablo Martinez)
US President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw a nuclear deal with Iran was made to spite his predecessor, Barack Obama, according to additional notes leaked by the outgoing US ambassador to Great Britain, Sir Kim Darroch.
- Leaked diplomatic cables accuse Donald Trump of "diplomatic vandalism"
- Trump has pushed the United States away from a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018
- The agreement facilitated economic sanctions in Tehran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program
The British newspaper The Mail on Sunday published some reminders of 2018 in which Sir Kim labeled the decision of Mr. Trump to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear agreement an act of "diplomatic vandalism".
The memorandum was written after the then foreign secretary Boris Johnson visited Washington in a failed attempt to persuade the United States not to abandon the Iranian nuclear agreement.
The agreement – signed in 2015 between Iran, the United States, Great Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany – facilitated international sanctions against Iran in exchange for the temporary suspension of Tehran's nuclear program.
Historically, Iran's neighbors – including Israel and Saudi Arabia – have feared Iran's nuclear program and discussed further concessions in Tehran.
In 2018, Trump withdrew the US from the agreement and imposed severe penalties on the country.
The European Union and Russia remain committed to the agreement.
"The result illustrated the paradox of this White House: you have exceptional access, seeing everyone short of President, but on the substance, the administration is imposed on an act of diplomatic vandalism, apparently for ideological and personality reasons – was the Obama pact, "wrote Sir Kim.
British journalists have warned that the losses could be a crime
Sir Kim's frank admission was revealed by other reminders leaked from the newspaper Mail on Sunday, despite police warnings that doing so could be a crime.
The ambassador resigned last week after the newspaper published cables in which he labeled the Trump dysfunctional and inept administration.
The White House responded by refusing to deal with him, and Trump branded the ambassador as a "pompous fool" in a tug on Twitter.
British police are hunting down the culprits behind the flaw and, controversial, warned journalists that the publication of the documents "could also constitute a crime".
Citizens across the UK have the right to legislate freedom of expression under the 1998 human rights law.
Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, the two contenders to become the next British prime minister, defended the media's right to publish.
"We must ensure that we defend the right of journalists to publish news leaks when they are of national interest," Hunt said.
British officials said they had no evidence that the hacking was involved in the release of the documents, and that the culprit could be found among politicians or public servants in London.
The police are investigating the loss as a potential violation of the official secrets law, which prevents public employees from making "harmful" disclosures of classified material.
The denunciation of the act involves a maximum sentence of two years in prison, although the judicial proceedings are rare.
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