Britain's ambassador to Washington said US President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iranian nuclear deal because it was associated with his predecessor, Barack Obama, leaked documents showed on Saturday, according to AFP, citing a British newspaper.
British Ambassador Kim Darroch hosts an event at the British Embassy in Washington, October 20, 2017.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is jousting with Boris Johnson to become Britain's next prime minister, tweeted Saturday that the person responsible for the leak must be found and held responsible, but he differed with police over whether the publication of leaks is a possible crime.
Under that agreement Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities.
Citing the leaked memo, the newspaper said that after Johnson returned to the United Kingdom from the US, Darroch wrote that President Trump appeared to be abandoning the nuclear deal for "personality reasons" because the pact had been agreed by Obama.
"I wish the British ambassador well", Trump told reporters as he left the White House on Friday to head to Wisconsin.
"They can't articulate any "day-after" strategy; and contacts with State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region", Darroch wrote.
"They should also be aware of the huge damage that has already been done and the potentially even greater damage to be done by further breaches of the Official Secrets Act".
President Trump hit back and denounced him as a "very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool", vowing he would never work with him in his position as ambassador.
"Following a cross-government investigation led by the Cabinet Office a Gateway Process has occurred today with the Metropolitan Police into the alleged leaking of official communications involving Sir Kim Darroch", Neil Basu, the assistant commissioner at Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
The Mail also published further memos from Darroch, defying a police warning that media which did so could be committing a criminal act.
His rival, Mr Johnson, said it was correct the person responsible for the leak was "hunted down and prosecuted" but it was wrong for police to target the media.
"However, we have also been told the publication of these specific documents, now knowing they may be a breach of the OSA, could also constitute a criminal offence and one that carries no public interest defence.
The focus of the investigation is clearly on identifying who was responsible for the leak", Basu added.
The Metropolitan Police called on members of the public with information about the leaks to come forward and implored the perpetrator to "turn yourself in at the earliest opportunity, explain yourself and face the consequences".
He added that it was "not news" that the United Kingdom and USA differ in their approach to preventing Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon.
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