A top American nuclear expert has handed his resignation to President Donald Trump after Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement this week.
Richard Johnson, the assistant coordinator for Iran nuclear issues at the Office of Nuclear Implementation, handed in his resignation this week, but did not give an exact reason for his decision.
Johnson had worked as a non-proliferation officer in the US State Department since 2006.
He had been involved in weeks-long negotiations with the United Kingdom, France and Germany, during which the European governments strived in vain to salvage the agreement.
In an email circulated to his colleagues and staff, Johnson has described the Iran deal “an extraordinary achievement.”
“I am proud to have played a small part in this work, particularly the extraordinary achievement of implementing the [deal] with Iran,” he wrote.
The landmark deal, officially known as the Joint…