UK trusts US assessment on Iran’s involvement in attack on tankers

LONDON, Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Friday that there was no reason not to believe the United States’ assessment that Iran was responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.

“We are going to make our own independent assessment, we have our processes to do that, (but) we have no reason not to believe the American assessment and our instinct is to believe it because they are our closest ally,” Hunt told BBC radio on Friday, echoing comments he made late on Thursday.

“We are taking this extremely seriously and my message to Iran is that if they have been involved it is a deeply unwise escalation which poses a real danger to the prospects of peace and stability in the region,” Hunt added.

Yesterday, two tankers caught fire in the Gulf of Oman after an alleged torpedo attack. The crews were evacuated and taken to a nearby port.

Source: Kuwait News Agency