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British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said the Iran nuclear accord or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the "best possible" and "achievable" deal to address the concerns of the west, Xinhua news agency reported.

"None of us has ever pretended the JCPOA is a perfect deal, but actually it does deliver a number of important measures that I think everyone benefits from.

"We encourage the United States to talk with its partners and Iran in order to be able to find a route forward," he said addressing the Atlantic Council, here on Tuesday.

Williamson's remarks are in sharp contrast with US President Donald Trump, who on Monday signed an executive order to re-impose sanctions on Iran, and blasted the accord he quit in May, calling it "horrible, one-sided" and ''one that failed to protect US national security.''

In 2015, Iran and five permanent members of the UN Security Council- Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany, signed the nuclear accord in Vienna.

Under the accord, Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow international inspectors to examine in return for the lifting of crippling economic sanctions.

Trans-Atlantic division has escalated over the Trump administration's threat to impose secondary sanctions on companies that have business connections with Iran, many of which are from Europe.

Hours before sanctions were re-imposed on Iran, the European Union (EU), Britain, France and Germany said in a joint statement they would maintain economic ties with Iran, and "are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran."

They noted that "the European Union's updated Blocking Statute enters into force on August 7 to protect EU companies doing legitimate business with Iran from the impact of US extra-territorial sanctions."


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