Posted on June 24, 2019
The Foreign Secretary’s comments came as Foreign Office minister Andrew Murrison held talks with the Tehran government at the weekend where he said he was “clear” about the UK’s concerns over Iran’s activities.
Mr Hunt said Britain would ‘stand by the United States as our strongest ally’ and ‘weigh up military intervention in Iran on a case-by-case basis’. “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,” he told the Daily Mail. “We do strongly believe that the solution is for Iran to stop its destabilising 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. We want to de-escalate the situation but we are of course extremely worried.”
Mr Hunt, who is battling to become the next Prime Minister, earlier said he has been speaking to counterparts “regularly” about the Iran crisis which he called “extremely serious”.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday that he was seeking to build a “global coalition” against Iran, branding Tehran “the world’s largest state sponsor of terror”.
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