Britain preparing for high-stakes talks with Russia to save Iran deal – despite deep divide between countries over Salisbury attack

On Tuesday Donald Trump pulled the plug on the anti-nuke pact prompting the biggest international crisis since the nerve agent poisoning outrage in March that Theresa May blamed on the Kremlin.

However Britain will be forced to discuss the international response to Iran with Moscow in the coming days despite relations being at an historic low.

The minor diplomatic thawing came as Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Donald Trump he had “made a mistake” in ditching the anti-nuke deal forged in 2015 by the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany.

Boris Johnson last night demanded Mr Trump come up with a better plan if he wanted the world to join him in walking away from the pact.

The Foreign Secretary let rip telling the US President “it is now up to Washington to bring forward concrete proposals” to fix the mess as Britain “would not walk away”.

But in his update to the Commons a slew of senior Tories backed Mr Trump tearing up the deal – including ex-Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon.

The ousted heavyweight said it was a “rather flimsy agreement” should never have been considered comprehensive, adding Iranian bad behaviour has increased since it was signed.

And he was joined by Tory former minister Robert Halfon, who advised Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to support the UK’s oldest ally rather than “appeasing” Iran.

Andrew Percy, another Tory former minister, also urged the Government to back the US after condemning Iran’s “increasingly malign and dangerous influence”.

Meanwhile the husband of imprisoned Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe last night urged Boris Johnson not to forget the promises he made to free British mum held in Iran in his response to the nuclear deal crisis.

Richard Ratcliffe said his wife “now fears for what lies ahead.”

He added: “I hope the Foreign Secretary remembers his promise to leave no stone unturned, and does what he can in the weeks ahead to protect all British citizens held.”

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