LONDON (Reuters) – British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said Thursday that Iran will pay a price if its new president, Ibrahim Raisi, chooses hostility, pointing out that the UK’s handling of Iran is a a crossroads.
Furthermore, the British minister pledged to hold Iran responsible for the threat to shipping and the destabilization of the region, noting that the attack on the Mercer Street ship would not pass without Tehran being held responsible.
He revealed that Britain will carry out a coordinated response to Iran’s attack on the Israel-linked ship in the Oman Sea.
Israel is ready to attack Iran
The British minister’s comments came after Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz announced his country’s readiness to launch an attack in Iran.
He added that there is no doubt that Iran is trying to challenge Israel on multiple fronts, noting that Tehran is strengthening its power. in Lebanon and Gaza, deploying militias in Syria and Iraq and supporting the Houthis in Yemen.
Interestingly, the tensions have increased in to a large extent in recent days, especially after an Israeli company ship “Mercer Street” was attacked by a drone, killing two crew members.
In turn, Iran has completely disavowed the responsibility and the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran, Saeed Khatibzadeh, described the spread of the news as suspicious, denying reports that the ship could be hijacked by Iranian military forces or affiliated with Iran.
It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attempted hijacking of the ship or the targeted ship, but British maritime data magazine “Lloyd’s List” and maritime intelligence company, Dryad Globa, said the hijacked ship was the tanker “Asphalt”. Princess “, which flies the Panamanian flag.
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