The UK must stand up to Trump over Iran | Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi

The US is threatening stability in the Middle East. Britain must support the Iran nuclear deal

Not for the first time, nor certainly the last, the Persian Gulf is a veritable tinderbox. The immediate reason for the increase in tensions is the Royal Marines’ seizure of an Iranian tanker that was allegedly en route to Syria, in violation of EU sanctions. Rather than defuse the situation, the Tory leadership contender and foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, was quick to resort to sabre-rattling and a reassertion of British militarism on the high seas. For some Iranians this reawakens bitter memories of the UK’s infamous oil blockade in the early 1950s, culminating in the overthrow of the popular prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh. The very same prime minister who dared to nationalise the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, better known today as BP. In any case, what with seized ships in the Mediterranean and trouble in the Strait of Hormuz there is a danger of missing the wood for the trees in explaining what has brought about this crisis.

The nature of Trump’s endgame is anyone’s guess. He most likely has little idea himself

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Source: The Guardian
The UK must stand up to Trump over Iran | Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi