UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Britain’s support for the United States was not absolute, while stressing the importance of trying to keep the Iranian nuclear deal.
Britain has sought to adopt a diplomatic approach cautious since the killing of a senior Iranian general last week with a US strike from a drone, and has avoided criticizing its close ally as it seeks to work with European partners to find a diplomatic solution.
In response to a question from an opposition Labor MP in Parliament about the risks of Britain’s “absolute” support for President Donald Trump, Wallace said, “Our support for the United States is not absolute.”
“We are friends and allies, but we are also friends and allies who criticize when necessary.”
The Trump administration said that Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was planning new attacks on US interests.
When asked about the legitimacy of the drone attack, Wallace said Britain was defending the right of any country to take such action.
He added that Britain would “criticize” any attacks on cultural sites, which have been threatened by Trump but prohibited under international law.
Wallace said that his country was working with Germany and France to revive the nuclear agreement signed with Iran in 2015 and from which the United States withdrew in 2018.
He added that Britain believed that the nuclear agreement could still be preserved.
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