Britain sees high risk of Mideast war

LONDON, The Middle East stands on the precipice of war where any event could spark an all-out conflict, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned, in the wake of a spate of attacks on oil tankers in the region.

There is an urgent need to quell hostilities in order to avoid an armed conflict, he was cited by the BBC as saying, pointing out that the US has no desire for war as well.

He urged Iran to cease its hostile activities that have plunged the region into instability, holding the Islamic Republic accountable for attacks on a pair of oil tankers in a vital shipping route last week.

Two oil tankers were attacked on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman, driving up oil prices and stoking fears of a war in the region.

Source: Kuwait News Agency