United Kingdom police investigate Kim Darroch cables

Trump was hostile to the accord with Iran because it was

If Darroch's leaked memos are anything to go by, however, there could be more at play within the US' political structure than in US-Iran relations.

The Metropolitan Police has since launched a criminal investigation into the leaking of his communications, which described the Trump administration as "inept" and "uniquely dysfunctional".

"None of the three could articulate why the President was determined to withdraw, beyond his campaign promises", he wrote.

Earlier this week, Trump said the U.S. will "substantially" increase sanctions on the Iranian government in the latest escalation in his administration's "maximum pressure campaign" against the country.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson appear together at the State Department, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Washington.

In 2015, the United States, China, Britain, France, Russia and Germany signed a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program in exchange for a partial lifting of global economic sanctions.

Desperate to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), then-UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson flew to the United States in May 2018 to persuade President Donald Trump to abide by the accord.

The Trump presidency could "crash and burn" and that "we could be at the beginning of a downward spiral. that leads to disgrace and downfall".

The paper reports that Sir Kim wrote a memo to Mr Johnson, saying: "The outcome illustrated the paradox of this White House: you got exceptional access, seeing everyone short of the president; but on the substance, the administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons - it was Obama's deal".

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"We convinced the USA president [to exit the deal] and I had to stand up against the whole world and come out against this agreement", Netanyahu said in a video aired in July 2018 by Israel's Kan public broadcaster.

The first leaked reports authored by Darroch were published last weekend, causing major turmoil between Britain and its closest ally.

Those comments drew a furious response from the president who denounced him as a "very stupid guy" and a "pompous fool" and said the the White House would no longer deal with him.

Darroch resigned after days of scathing criticism from the United States president on Twitter.

British Ambassador Kim Darroch hosts an event at the British Embassy in Washington, October 20, 2017.

London's Metropolitan Police said on Friday its counter-terrorism command, which takes national responsibility for investigating allegations of criminal breaches of the Official Secrets Act, was leading the investigation.

"The focus of the investigation is clearly on identifying who was responsible for the leak", Basu added.

"Freedom of the press is vital, of course".

"I think the Government and the police are fully entitled to find out who was involved in that and if they can to prevent it happening again".

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