The United Kingdom retaliates against Iran, with the military leader urging the country to “establish deterrence” against the rogue regime.
THE UNITED KINGDOM’S military chief has retaliated against Iran, saying the country made a “huge mistake” by striking an Israel-linked ship off the coast of Oman.
After the strike, which killed a UK national and a Romanian, UK military leader General Sir Nick Carter issued a warning to Iran to “establish deterrence.” He urged the UK government to denounce the “reckless behavior” and stated that the UK and its partners are looking at methods to keep ships secure when traveling in the Gulf.
“What we need to be doing basically is calling out Iran for really risky behavior,” Sir Nick remarked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“They made a tremendous mistake with the attack on the Mercer Street vessel last week because it completely internationalized the situation in the Gulf.
“We’ll discuss with our allies the best way to provide protection [to international vessels in the Gulf], and convoys may not be the greatest option.
“We’ve tried other approaches, and we’ll continue to consider and revise our strategy for keeping this going.
“But, in the end, we have to restore deterrence because behavior like that [Iran’s claimed tanker attack] leads to escalation, which may easily lead to miscalculation, which would be devastating for all Gulf residents and the world community.”
An Israeli-managed oil ship was assaulted near the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea last Thursday.
One or more alleged drones attacked the MT Mercer Street, killing a British and Romanian crew member.
Both the United Kingdom and the United States believe Iran was responsible for the strike.
Boris Johnson slammed the attack and said Iran will have to pay the price.
“This was obviously an unacceptable attack on commercial shipping,” he said.
“A British national has died. It is critical that Iran, as well as all other countries, recognize the freedoms of navigation.”
Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, also condemned the “unlawful and heartless attack on a trade vessel.”
“Our sympathies are with the friends and families of those who were slain in the incident,” he stated.
“We believe Iran launched this attack on purpose, with a clear intent to violate international law.
“The United Kingdom is working with its international partners to develop a coordinated response to this heinous attack.”
Washington, according to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, is also “confident.”Brinkwire Summary News