The British Navy will escort its commercial ships through the Strait of Hormuz.
According to Reuters, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace requested the HMS Montrose and HMS Defender of the British Navy to prepare to return to escort British commercial ships through the Strait of Hormuz.
“The government will take all necessary measures to protect our ships and citizens at this time,” Secretary Wallace asserted in a statement.
Secretary Wallace added that he had a phone conversation with his American counterpart Mark Esper shortly after news of US air strikes against Iraqi Baghdad international airport caused the Commander of the Quds unit of the Guards Force. Iranian Islamic Network (IRGC), Major-General Qasem Soleimani died.
Wallace urged all sides to avoid escalating the tension but expressed support for the US to protect its citizens against direct threats.
|The battleship HMS Montrose|
Earlier, on the same day, Britain had advised its citizens to avoid all trips to Iraq, outside of the Kurdish region, and all trips to Iran except in case of necessity.
“Due to escalating tensions in the region, the Foreign Ministry now recommends that people not go to Iraq, except for the Kurdish region in Iraq and to carefully consider whether or not Iran is needed,” British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said. Father.
There are currently about 15-30 British ships sailing through the Gulf every day, of which about 3 go through the Strait of Hormuz.
In July 2019, Britain was also forced to protect its ships through the world’s most important transport route after Iran seized a country’s tanker as it passed through the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran will take revenge when the time comes
Major General Qassem Soleimani, the second Iranian power official, was killed in a US air strike in Baghdad, Iraq, after he succeeded in building Iranian influence in the region.
The US kill of Generalimimani gave Iran an incentive to regain strategic influence. And the cost could be a new wave of violence throughout the region.
Before Soleimani’s death, officials in the Middle East believed that Iran would soon launch air strikes on certain positions in the region to break the deadlock and show the need to adjust their interests.
“That feud is not necessarily immediate. The time for Iran to retaliate is limitless. It is ambiguous about what it will do and when it will be implemented,” says Adnan Tabatabai, an Iran analyst. , CEO of CARPO Research Institute in Germany, comments.
“They will calculate how to retaliate so that the US doesn’t react too violently. A comprehensive war is not in Iran’s mind. But this is a dangerous trick when both want to see the other side ready.” go far “, Tabatabai said.