British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speak to the media regarding the Iran nuclear deal.
Hunt says it would be a setback for the region if Iran obtains nuclear weapons.
Al Jazeera reports live from London.
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can the Iran nuclear deal survive what are you prepared to do to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive and whose side are you on here Tehran or Washington at mr. secretary if Iran enriches more uranium what all the united states do what sanctions are you further sanctions are you prepared to contemplate and is there not a danger here that's the greater the more pressure the United States places on Iran ends up not with Iran changing its behavior but a an increasing risk of war are you really prepared to contemplate the risk of war in Iran first on the Iran nuclear deal it is a very important achievement of Western diplomacy that despite all the problems that we have in the Middle East today Iran does not have nuclear weapons and its neighbors have not responded by getting their own nuclear weapons and the secretary Pompeo and I are at one in agreeing that it will be a massive step back for that region if it became nuclearized jcpoa is a deal and in return for a lifting of sanctions Iran has agreed to vital compliance measures if they break that deal then there will be consequences in terms of how European powers react so we urged the Iranians to think very long and hard before they break that deal it is in no one's interested is certainly not in their interest because the moment they go nuclear their neighbors will as well and so that's why this is a very serious moment and we we strongly urge them to reconsider what they said in their letter so not far from here of the church or war rooms where a leader of this great country stared evil in the face and recognized the threat which approved that that evil presented to the entire world we're working together to push back against that threat your question about whose side of your honor this is a parlor game that that gets played we're on the same side we're on the side of values-driven democracy were on the side of freedom we're on the side of creating a nation for the Iranian people where they can have religious freedom and they can have a democracy we're on the side of Europe so that it can exist without assassination campaigns being conducting its own capitols we're on this side together we're on the side of urging a nation not to underwrite Hezbollah which presents risks to Israel these are things that Jeremy and I and our two countries share and have in common and we are each determined to ensure that that outcome is ultimately achieved right wall street journal' thank you both mr. secretary what does the selective non-compliance announcement from Iran specifically mean for the u.s. I mean does it does it change anything I'm you know is are you concerned that this removes remaining safeguards against nuclear activity and for mr. foreign secretary are you ruling out immediate sanctions you sound as though you're you're urging Iran to to resume or remain in compliance are you ruling out an immediate response from the UK and from Europe more broadly and beyond that is there a red line so as for the United States first of all I've I've seen the reporting and seen the letter that's been said I think it was intentionally ambiguous we'll have to wait to see what Iran's actions actually are they've made a number of statements about actions they threatened to do in order to get the world to jump we'll see what they actually do the United States will wait to observe that and and when we did we'll make good decisions we've obviously we've made a decision different than the United Kingdom has with respect to the jcpoa and so the Iran's decision to depart from the JCP for us mostly is about their decision to work on their nuclear program to create pathways which might reduce their breakout time these are the things that are essential for us to continue to work and to observe and I am confident that as we watch Iran's activity that the United Kingdom and our European partners will move forward together to ensure that Iran has no pathway for their weapon system according to the letter that we've received this morning there's a 60-day window before Iran plans to do anything and they need to be very clear that if they don't comply with the jcpoa there will be consequences and I'm sure that I'm speaking for my European colleagues in that respect as well this is a very big moment for Iran their economy is in a state of severe distress it's the last thing they should be doing for the Iranian people to be investing money in renew clear izing and it will make them less secure not more secure