Iran has threatened to strike the United Kingdom if action is taken against a British person.
IRAN has vowed to retaliate against any threat to its security, according to the country’s foreign ministry, after the US, Israel, and the UK blamed Tehran for an attack on an Israeli-managed tanker off the coast of Oman that killed one British citizen.
Tehran has denied any participation in the incident on Thursday, which claimed the lives of two crew members – a Briton and a Romanian. The United States and the United Kingdom said on Sunday that they will collaborate with their friends to respond to the attack on the Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned petroleum product tanker managed by Zodiac Maritime, which is controlled by Israelis.
“Iran has no reluctance in preserving its security and national interests, and will respond immediately and forcefully to any prospective adventure,” said Saeed Khatibzadeh, a spokesman for the foreign ministry.
The incident, according to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was “obviously an intolerable and terrible attack on commercial ships.”
“Iran should face up to the repercussions of what they’ve done,” he told reporters today.
“This was an obviously inappropriate and outrageous attack on commercial ships, and a UK national perished as a result of it.
“It is critical that Iran and all other countries respect global freedoms of navigation, and the United Kingdom will continue to insist on this.”
“The Iranian ambassador to the UK, Mohsen Baharvand, was summoned today to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office by the minister for the Middle East, James Cleverly, in reaction to the unlawful attack on MV Mercer Street on 29 July,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said today.
“Minister Cleverly reaffirmed that Iran must immediately cease activities that endanger world peace and security, and that vessels must be permitted to navigate freely in accordance with international law,” according to the statement.
Following the attack, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab committed to engage with allies on a “concerted response” to Iran, which also killed a Romanian.
Iran used explosive drones to carry out the strike, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, “a devastating capability it is increasingly utilizing throughout the region.”
Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency said that Iran summoned the British Charge d’Affaires and Romania’s top envoy to Tehran for their countries’ “accusations against the Islamic Republic.”
Early signs “clearly pointed” to a drone, according to the US Navy, which was escorting the tanker aboard the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier on Saturday. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”