Britain must retaliate against Iran over deadly ship attack, says UK armed forces chief

Britain must retaliate against Iran over deadly ship at-tack, says UK armed forces chief

The head of Britain’s Armed Forces has said that the UK must retaliate against Iran to deter it from carrying out further attacks in the Gulf region. 

General Sir Nick Carter, the Chief of the Defence Staff, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “What we need to be doing, fundamentally, is calling out Iran for its very reckless behaviour. 

“They made a big mistake on the at-tack they did against the Mercer Street vessel last week because, of course, that has very much internationalised the state of play in the Gulf.”

He added: “Ultimately, we have got to restore deterrence because it is behaviour like that which leads to escalation, and that could very easily lead to miscalculation and that would be very disastrous for all the peoples of the Gulf and the international community.”

He was referring to a suspected Iranian drone strike on the Mercer Street oil tanker last Thursday which kil-led a British security guard and the vessel’s Romanian captain.

The Israeli government on Wednesday publicly accused an Iranian military officer, Saeed Ara Jani, of being personally responsible for the drone at-tack on the Mercer Street, claiming he was the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ drone unit.

“For the first time ever, I will also expose the man who is directly responsible for the launch of sui-cide UAVs [unmanned vehicles] – his name is Saeed Ara Jani and he is the Head of the IRGC’s UAV Command,” Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz said.

“The UAV command conducted the at-tack on Mercer Street. Saeed Ara Jani plans and provides the training and equipment to conduct terror attacks in the region,” Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz said.

The Telegraph has approached Iranian authorities for comment. 

The UK citizen has been named as father-of-one Adrian Underwood, who was employed by the British security firm Ambrey. 

Mr Underwood, who served in the British Army in the early 2000s, was described by friends as “a humble gentleman, funny and loved by so many,” on a crowd-funding website honouring his memory. 

It came as Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, said he had written to the UN Security Council urging it to take action against Iran. 

“The UK has written to UN Security Council President  T S Tirumurti alongside Romania & Liberia to raise Iran’s at-tack on MV Mercer Street,” Mr Raab wrote on Twitter. 

“The Council must respond to Iran’s destabilising actions and lack of respect for international law.”

The UK is taking the lead on the international response to Iran and is due to raise the issue at a UN Security Council meeting on Friday. 

General Carter’s remarks came as Iranian hijackers were accused of seizing an oil tanker off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday, before leaving the vessel on Wednesday morning, the British Navy reported.

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