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Oil tanker hijack LIVE: Boris sends in special forces after Iran attack off UAE coast


On Radio 4 today, General Sir Nick Carter, the UK’s military chief, says Iran made a “big mistake” by attacking an Israeli-linked tanker off Oman, killing a UK national & a Romanian, & warned “ultimately we have got to restore deterrence”.

The UK Chief of the Defence Staff said: “What we need to be doing fundamentally is calling out Iran for very reckless behaviour.

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

We will work out with our allies what is the best way of providing protection [to international shipping in the Gulf] and convoys may not necessarily be the right method. We have used other methods and we will think and keep reviewing our way of keeping this happening. 

“But ultimately we’ve got to restore deterrence because it’s behaviour like that [Iran’s alleged tanker attack] which leads to escalation & that could v easily lead to miscalculation & that would be v disastrous for all the people’s of the Gulf & the international community.”

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