LONDON (Reuters) – The leader of Britains main opposition party has questioned whether the government had evidence to back up its accusations that Iran was behind attacks on oil tankers in the entrance to the Gulf, and warned against escalating tensions.
FILE PHOTO: Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home, following the results of the European Parliament elections, in London, Britain May 27, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
Britain on Friday joined the United States in blaming Iran for attacks on two tankers, raising fears of a broader military confrontation in a vital passageway for the worlds oil industry.
Iran has denied any involvement.
“Without credible evidence about the tanker attacks, the governments rhetoric will only increase the threat of war,” Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote on Twitter late on Friday.
“Britain should act to ease tensions in the Gulf, not fuel a military escalation that began with US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement,” he added,” he said, referring to Washingtons withdrawal from a 2015 pact to curb Tehrans nuclear plans.
British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, who is one of the leading candidates to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May after she announced she would step down, described Corbyns comments as “pathetic and predictable”.
“Why can he never bring himself to back British allies, British intelligence or British interests?,” Hunt said.
On Friday, the United States released video footage they say shows Iranian special forces removing an unexploded mine from one of the tankers.
Dominic Raab, another candidate to be the next Conservative leader, said Corbyns comments show he is unfiRead More