The British Foreign Office called on the Iranian ambassador about the Mercer Street tanker attacked in the Arabian Sea and told him that his country must stop such activities immediately.
On Sunday The UK, followed by the US, accused Iran of launching an attack on the Mercer Street tanker on Thursday, as a result, two people on board were killed – a Romanian captain and a British bodyguard.
Earlier, Israel had made the same accusation against the authorities in Tehran.
Iranian Amabsador summoned to the British Foreign Ministry
As reported in a statement issued by the British Foreign Ministry, Iranian Ambassador Mohsen Baharvand was summoned by James Cleverly, the deputy minister responsible for the Middle East region, in response to the illegal attack carried out on July 29.
“Minister Cleverly reiterated that Iran must immediately cease activities that threaten international peace and security, and stressed that ships must be able to freely navigate in accordance with international law,” it said.
Dominic Raab: This is a violation of international law
On Sunday, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab accused Iran of launching a “deliberate attack in clear violation of international law” using drones, and promised to work with allies on a “joint response”.
Sky News reported on Monday that British Army Commander General Nick Carter had spoken to his Israeli counterpart about the incident the day before.
The Mercer Street tanker, owned by Zodiac Maritime, owned by Israeli billionaire Ejal Ofer, was attacked on Thursday night off the coast of Oman.
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