U.K.-Iran tensions high after oil tanker attack

  • Aug 02, 2021
  • Columbian

LONDON — Britain and Iran issued warnings to each other’s diplomats Monday as tensions escalated over a recent attack on an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea.

Britain began the day by summoning Iran’s ambassador, Mohsen Baharvand, to the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in response to Thursday’s drone strike on the MV Mercer Street, which killed a British national and a Romanian.

Britain insisted in a statement that Iran must “immediately cease actions that risk international peace and security.’’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson later told reporters that Iran should “face up to the consequences of what they have done.’’

“This was clearly an unacceptable and outrageous attack on commercial shipping, a U.K. national died,’’ he said. “It is absolutely vital that Iran and every other country respects the freedoms of navigation around the world, and the U.K. will continue to insist on that.”