Jeremy Corbyn Warns UK Gov’t Against Blaming Iran Without ‘Credible Evidence’

The foreign secretary of the British right-wing government, Jeremy Hunt, said Corbyn’s comment was “pathetic and predictable.”

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Jeremy Corbyn Warns UK Gov’t Against Blaming Iran Without ‘Credible Evidence’

The leader of the U.K. opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, has asked the government not to blame Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Persian Gulf without “credible evidence.”

On Thursday morning, two large oil tankers, one confirmed as Japanese traveling through the Sea of Oman, came under attack.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he believed that Iran was behind the attacks, without going into further detail to back his accusation. He only said Tehran was “lashing out” in response to Washington’s “successful maximum pressure campaign.”

Iran “categorically rejects the U.S. unfounded claim with regard to 13 June oil tanker incidents and condemns it in the strongest possible terms,” the Iranian mission to the United Nations said in a statement in response to Washington’s accusations.

The U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) also said that it was “almost certain” that “a branch of the Iranian military… attacked the two tankers on 13 June.”

Corbyn reacted to that saying, “Britain should act to ease tensions in the Gulf, not fuel a military escalation that began with US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement. Without credible evidence about the tanker attacks, the government’s rhetoric will only increase the threat of war.”

The Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that Corbyn’s comment is “pathetic and predictable.”

“From Salisbury to the Middle East, why can he never bring himself to back British allies, British intelligence or British interests?” said Hunt.


On Thursday night, U.S. Central Command spokesman Bill Urban released a video of what the U.S. military said was an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp Gashti Class patrol boat approaching one of the tankers “and was observed and recorded removing (an) unexploded limpet mine from the M/T Kokuka Courageous.”

The Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, however, accused the U.S. of “carrying out an aggressive policy and posing a serious threat to regional stability.”

The shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said Saturday that the U.K. should not be “enmeshed in a war.”

“These are extremely dangerous developments and we really have to pause and think about where we are going next,” she told BBC Radio 4.

She also said “independent evidence” should be established but the U.K. should be aware of being dragged into a war-like situation.

“We’ve got to give up on this idea that if the United States go into war, especially one engineered by the likes of John Bolton and the neocons, we have to stop and say there are times when we don’t just follow,” Thornberry said.


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7 COMMENTS

  1. ““From Salisbury to the Middle East, why can he never bring himself to back British allies, British intelligence or British interests?” said Hunt.” “From Salisbury to the Middle East, why can we never be given some credible evidence? The Skripal Affair was shrouded in so much self-contradictory “evidence”, that you would have to be, like the Red Queen in Alice, able to “believe six impossible things before breakfast” to be convinced by the government’s story. (The reason we cannot, is that the convincing evidence is lacking.)
    There are, in fact, about nine or so actors that could be behind (could benefit from) the attacks on the tankers. To say as Pompeo does that it “has to be” Iran is just flat-out ridiculous!

  2. It simply amazes me that anyone could accept as credible anything regarding any topic coming from the US government. How many times must you be lied to before becoming just a tad bit skeptical. Apparently for humans -and particularly Americans…… an infinite number.

  3. Where is Shrimpton’s article on this one – should be – on the way to VT desks by now.

  4. Right out of the Tory canyon of lies and downright deceit duping the British population in Zionist Israel’s interests … and only Zionist interests, Hunt will stupidly and insanely imagine against all logic that Iran will encourage and accept an ecological disaster – an oil spill or two of millions of gallons of oil on their shore which will be just about as welcome in Tehran as the Correy Canyon oil spill along the south coast of England in living memory. ’67 if memory serves me – a few months short of the Bolshevik 6-day war against Syria, Egypt and Jordan. Hunt is obviously from the same pre-kindergarten school of political f..kwits as Trump, Bolton and Pompeo. How much more can you do for Satan than sell your soul to him and throw in your country for good measure. People like Hunt and Johnson (hirsutus) should have been stoned out of Oxford but having avoided that deserved punishment for ignorance should at least have their names etched on the jakes of the Oxford Market Street public toilets to be pissed on at leisure by all and sundry toing and froing to Jericho. A former student of Magdalen (Oscar Wilde) captures Hunt best (I’ll throw in Boris the beestings of Balliol to avoid being accused of bias) with this quote:
    “”I am so clever that sometimes I don’t understand a single word of what I am saying.” Did you ever!

  5. Once again we are being drip fed info that it was the evil Iranians who attacked these ships, lies on top of lies, and then when the balloon goes up, the dumbed down populous say, ‘I knew this was going to happen’, and accept it.
    Ian G calling it the “Gulf of Trumpton” brilliant.

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