PM says Iran must ‘face up to the consequences’ of its actions after oil tanker drone attack

Politics

Iran’s ambassador has been summoned to the Foreign Office following a drone attack on an oil tanker in which two crew, including a British national, were killed.

The ambassador was summoned this morning for a meeting with minister James Cleverly.

“Minister Cleverly reiterated that Iran must immediately cease actions that risk international peace and security, and reinforced that vessels must be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with international law,” a spokesperson said.

The UK and US have blamed Iran for the attack on the Israeli-linked oil tanker.

The attack happened last Thursday when the MV Mercer Street was off Oman’s Coast in the Arabian Sea.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused Iran of carrying out a “deliberate, targeted” assault which constituted “a clear violation of international law”.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he was considering “next steps” with the UK and other allies, with “an appropriate response… forthcoming”.

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