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Britain Warns Iran against ‘Underestimating US Resolve’

Britain Warns Iran against ‘Underestimating US Resolve’

Monday, 20 May, 2019 - 18:15
Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt. (Reuters)
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British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned on Monday Iran against “underestimating the resolve of the US” if American interests are attacked.

He told journalists in Geneva on Monday that US leaders "are not seeking a conflict, they don't want a war with Iran, but if American interests are attacked, they will retaliate. And that is something that the Iranians need to think about very, very carefully."

Hunt added that Britain has had a lot of discussions with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over Iran.

He said he hopes Iran starts to "pull back from the destabilizing activities" it conducts in the region.

The foreign secretary acknowledged the danger the tensions posed for the wider Middle East.

Hunt said: "We want the situation to de-escalate because this is a part of the world where things can get triggered accidentally."

His remarks followed days of heightened tensions sparked by the Trump administration's deployment of bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Arabian Gulf over threats from Iran.

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