Iran said that Europe was not in a position to criticize Tehran for its military capabilities, and called on European leaders to normalize economic ties with the Islamic Republic despite U.S. sanctions or face consequences. President Donald Trump last year withdrew the United States from a nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions. Trump has condemned a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, as flawed for not being permanent and for not covering Iran's ballistic missile program or its role in conflicts around the Middle East.
The US ambassador to Israel did not rule out an Israeli move to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, land the Palestinians seek for a state, in an interview with the New York Times published. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said in the run-up to an April election that he plans to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank, a move bound to trigger widespread international condemnation and complicate peace efforts. The Times said US ambassador David Friedman declined to say how Washington would respond to annexation, but remarked: "We really don't have a view until we understand how much, on what terms, why does it make sense, , why does it not create more problems than it solves.
Boris Johnson has secured the backing of some of the Conservatives' staunchest Brexiteers after privately declaring that he would deliver a "clean, managed Brexit". The former foreign secretary told Eurosceptic grandees last week that Theresa May's deal was "dead". The assurances, made in a meeting behind closed doors on Wednesday, have won Mr Johnson the endorsement of Steve Baker, the deputy chairman of the backbench European Research Group (ERG) of Eurosceptics, the leader of the group of 28 "hold-outs" Brexiteers who refused to back Mrs May's Withdrawal Agreement.
A Scottish Labour MP is at the centre of a row over claims he informed an international audience that he could see Scotlandvoting for independence. Hugh Gaffney is said to have gone off script at an event at the UK High Commissioner's residence in Canada. Members of Westminster's Scottish Affairs Committee last month flew to Canada to meet federal and provincial authorities to talk about immigration, trade and drugs policy. At an event in Ottawa, attended by MPs, members of the media and the British High Commissioner, a discussion took place that included contributions on a second Brexit referendum and the impact on another independence vote.
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