Boris Johnson has been forced to face his first diplomatic crisis as Prime Minister this week as tensions flare in the Middle East.
It ends an accord that blocked Tehran from having enough material to build an atomic weapon.
The announcement came on Sunday night after another Iranian official said it would consider taking even harsher steps over the US killing of General Qassem Soleimani on Friday.
Litany of blunders and poor diplomacy
The situation could still intensify after Mike Pompeo threatened to assassinate more Iranian leaders if they retaliate against US.
Few people will feel safe in the knowledge that world peace rests on the shoulders of Donald Trump and his team, yet Boris Johnson’s record as foreign secretary is also cause for concern.
The PM was criticised this weekend for not returning home early from his holiday as the situation intensifies.
But his inaction appears to be consistent with his record in the Foreign Office, where his record was described as being stained by a “litany of blunders and poor diplomacy“.
In his role under Theresa May he:
- Compared the former French president, François Hollande, to an officer in a World War II prisoner of war camp
- Joked that the central Libyan city of Sirte could become the next Dubai if locals would “clear the dead bodies”
- Recounted a colonial-era poem while visiting Burma’s most sacred temple
- Stated that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had been teaching journalism to students, which was not correct and allowed the Iranian regime to justify claims she had been spying in the region.
- Was berated at a Sikh temple in Bristol for talking about increasing whisky exports to India – despite alcohol being forbidden in the Sikh faith.
Boris Johnson’s pooper scooper
Indeed, so inept was he at running the Foreign Office one of his former ministers said cleaning up after his gaffes was a “full-time activity”.
Sir Alan Duncan, the Europe minister, said there were “quite a lot of consequences” of Mr Johnson’s failure to display a “conventional diplomatic manner” during his two years at the Foreign Office.
He claimed that one country’s foreign minister had suggested he was Mr Johnson’s “pooper scooper” because he had cleared up his mess so many times.