UK says ‘will consider’ military assault with Iran at US decision for war
Tory leadership candidate, Jeremy Hunt says the British government will ‘have to consider’ request from the US President Donald Trump for military assault against Islamic Republic of Iran.
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“We will stand by the United States as our strongest ally but of course we have to consider any requests for military support on a case-by-case basis,” Hunt said Monday.
He made the comments as Trump was insisting that he was not seeking war against Iran, further bolstering the US economic terroristm against the country.
The British foreign secretary further admitted that the tensions between the US and Iran is a grave concern for Britain.
“We want to de-escalate the situation but we are of course extremely worried.”
He further repeated the Trump administration’s baseless allegations against Iran, including a recent tanker attack in the Sea of Oman, which Washington blamed on Tehran with no credible evidence.
“We do strongly believe that the solution is for Iran to stop its destabilizing activity throughout the Middle East and we are very concerned about the sabotaging of tankers that has happened recently, which is almost certainly Iran, and we’re constantly in touch with the United States,” said Hunt, who is vying to become leader of Britain's Conservative Party and the country's next prime minister.
Meanwhile, Trump’s secretary of state was in Abu Dhabi to rally up support for war with Iran in a meeting with Emirati member of the B-team, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed.
"We'll need you all to participate, your military folks," said the notorious war hawk. "The president is keen on sharing that the United States doesn't bear the cost of this."
The UAE joined the UK, Saudi Arabia, and the US to allegedly call for “diplomatic solutions” despite Trump’s incessant threats and a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iranians.
"We call on Iran to halt any further actions which threaten regional stability, and urge diplomatic solutions to de-escalate tensions," read a joint statement released by the United States on Monday.
Tehran has time and again asserted that it does not seek war with the US, yet stands ready to defend its interests in the region.
In a tweet on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif asserted that the B-team -- also including Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US national security adviser John Bolton -- are thirsty for war with Iran.
“@realDonaldTrump is 100% right that the US military has no business in the Persian Gulf. Removal of its forces is fully in line with interests of US and the world. But it's now clear that the #B_Team is not concerned with US interests—they despise diplomacy, and thirst for war,” said the Iranian top diplomat.