White House to Scott Morrison: love the Jerusalem idea, now, how about the Iran deal?

The White House has expressed its delight with Scott Morrison's potential Jerusalem embassy relocation and is now pressing the prime minister to join President Donald Trump's assault on the Iran nuclear deal..

The Trump administration has also welcomed the Australian government's decision on Tuesday to join the US and Israel in opposing a UN resolution to give the "State of Palestine" additional rights.

Some 146 countries voted in favour of the resolution, while 15 abstained, prompting US ambassador Nikki Haley to brand the move "a mistake".

While Australia has shifted towards supporting Israel and the US more overtly in recent months, under former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and his foreign minister Julie Bishop there was a policy of staunchly resisting US pressure to participate in the dismantling of the 2015 Iran accord.

In a rare public display of disagreement with the administration, Mr Turnbull described the US position in May as regrettable and urged five other signatories in Europe, Russia and China to stick to the deal.

Now, with Mr Morrison in office, the Trump White House appears to sense an opportunity.

In a dramatic shift in Australia's long-standing foreign policy position on the embassy location, Mr Morrison sent shock waves through some of Australia's biggest muslim allies led by Indonesia.


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