A NUCLEAR-POWERED submarine and Royal Marine Commandoes could be sent to support Navy defences in the Gulf after Iranian forces seized two British oil tankers, according to reports.
Foreign Secretary and Conservative Party leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt warned Iran it was choosing a “dangerous path” with its “totally unacceptable” moves in the Gulf.
Hunt is expected to use a Commons statement to announce diplomatic and economic measures the UK may reimpose on the regime.The Government’s Cobra security committee discussed Iran’s hijacks in an emergency meeting and could push for EU and UN sanctions on the country after they were lifted in 2016 as part of a deal on Iran’s nuclear programme.
UK-registered submarine Stena-Impero was seized by Iranian forces during a gunboat and helicopter raid as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz on Friday.
In what appeared to be a co-ordinated attack, a second oil tanker veered off course towards the Iranian coast after it was also bombarded by armed guards.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard said on state TV it was boarded for “violating international maritime rules,” a claim which has been disputed by the ships owner, Stena Bulk, who said it was in “full compliance with all navigation and international regulations.
“If we end up in a conflict back by Donald Trump, I think it would not only be comparable with Iraq in fact it could be even worse than Iraq”
Justice Minister Richard Burgon told Soppy Ridge
Retired naval Commander Tom Sharpe told The Sun: “The Yono midget submarine is a particular menace.
“Often lurking just below the surface, they are armed with a couple of heavyweight torpedoes. These will kill a frigate and possibly even a carrier.
“There are always a couple at sea and they are hard to track and even harder to defeat.”
Shadow Justice Minister Richard Burgon told Soppy Ridge on Sunday, Sky News: “If we end up in a conflict back by Donald Trump, I think it would not only be comparable with Iraq in fact it could be even worse than Iraq and that should really scare everybody.
“So we need sensible negotiations, we’ve got a really important part to play diplomatically in this, we can use our negotiating weight.”