Aug 2, 2021, 10:00 AM
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UK’s blaming of Iran for ship attack ill-advised

London, IRNA – The UK hastily followed suite with the Israeli regime in blaming Iran for the deadly ship attack off Oman coast, neglecting the fact that the ill-advised measure won’t have a positive effect on its ties with Iran, as the new Iranian president is nearly taking office.

UK’s foreign secretary Dominic Raab said on Sunday that London believed it was ‘highly likely’ that Iran attacked the Israeli-managed oil tanker using one or more drones.

Blaming Iran without providing any evidences, UK’s top diplomat said that his country was preparing with "international partners on a concerted response to this unacceptable attack".

In the Friday attack on the oil tanker off the coast of Oman, a Briton and a Romanian were killed. No group has since taken the responsibility.

American news outlet Axios, reported that British and Israeli diplomats consider taking the next step in the UN Security Council.

The US also joined the UK and the Israeli regime in putting the blame on Iran, with the Secretary of State Anthony Blinken saying that Washington was discussing the issue with regional and transregional states for an appropriate response.

The spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh responded to Israel's blaming Iran, saying that the Israeli regime has brought insecurity, terror, and violence wherever it has made presence.

He warned that the Islamic Republic of Iran won’t doubt a moment in protecting high interests of its people and its national security.

The UK’s stances has been questioned as it kept silent while the Israeli regime was slaughtering people - mostly women and children - in the Gaza Strip just few months ago.

The UK also was tight-lipped when the Israeli regime assassinated an Iranian scientist before his family last year, telling only a few words on the necessity of de-escalation in the region.

Raab, at the time, said that they would wait until the truth was revealed, with the truth yet to be revealed for the British foreign secretary after nine months.

Iran-UK relationship has always seen ups and downs. However, the ill-advised stance taken recently would convey a false message in regard with their bilateral ties, specifically now that the new president in Iran is taking office this week.

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