Britain must trust Rouhani and build Iran ties with nuclear deal, say MPs

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/10962462/Britain-must-trust-Rouhani-and-build-Iran-ties-with-nuclear-deal-say-MPs.html

Britain must establish a diplomatic presence in Iran to capitalise on a potential deal on the the country’s nuclear programme or lose out on global race to trade with Tehran, an influential Commons committee has said.

In a wide-ranging report on British policy towards the oil rich state, MPs said the Foreign Office must trust that President Hassan Rouhani, who took office last year, is a genuine reformist determined to transform the country’s relationship with the West.

Policymakers must now anticipate that a deal to remove sanctions on Iran would be based on a compromise that allowed limited enrichment of uranium despite UN resolutions that banned Iran’s nuclear programme.

The MPs warned that Britain was in danger of being left behind in efforts to rebuild the trade relationship as businessmen from other nations rushed to Tehran.

It said diplomats should accept a pact to allow “mutually defined enrichment of uranium if the breakout period for a bomb is pushed to six months or more.

The MPs said a range of options should be set out for Britain to win friends and allies in Tehran. It said the Foreign Office must be ready to acknowledge the role played by the predecessors in deposing the elected Iranian prime minister in 1953.

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