hunt takes a punt

British govt slams Corbyn over Gulf attacks, EU urges caution, Jun 17 2019

UK ministers including the foreign secretary have been quick to ridicule Jeremy Corbyn’s call for caution over blaming Iran for two attacks on Gulf tankers last week. The problem is the EU supports the Labour leader’s stance. In the aftermath of Thursday’s attack, Corbyn took to social media to warn:

This view riled Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who retorted:

Home Secretary Sajid Javid also waded in, tweeting this:

Painted as some kind of extremist by the UK government, Corbyn has found solidarity from EU nations and the UN sec-gen on this highly contentious issue. Ironically, Britain has been left isolated in their full backing of the Pindo narrative, one that explicitly blames Iran for the events in the Gulf of Oman. Nathalie Tocci, a senior adviser to Federica Mogherini, said:

Before we blame someone, we need credible evidence.

A spox for Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Friday that a “spiral of escalation” must be avoided. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an independent investigation. He told reporters at the UN HQ in NYC on Friday:

It’s very important to know the truth (and) that responsibilities are clarified. Obviously that can only be done if there is an independent entity that verifies those facts.

The UK Foreign Office released a statement on Friday saying:

It is almost certain that a branch of the Iranian military, the IRGC, is behind the attack.

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, Pompeo reiterated that Faschingstein believes it was “unmistakable” that Iran was responsible for the attacks. Tehran has denied the Pindo allegations, branding them “ridiculous” and “dangerous.”

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