Iran: US responds to nuclear weapons programme progress
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A British army veteran was killed after a drone strike on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman. Israel has accused Iran of launching the drone attack on the oil tanker . Now Israeli Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid, has urged the UK to take action against Iran after the attack, who they hold responsible.
The unidentified UK citizen, as well as a Romanian crew member, died on Thursday night after a strike on the MV Mercer Street oil tanker.
The strike involved a so-called kamikaze drone, which was packed with explosives and detonated on impact.
However, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been accused of ignoring pleas to retaliate.
Mr Lapid said: “I noted to Mr Raab the need to respond severely to the attack.
Dominic Raab has been urged to act after the drone strike (Image: GETTY)
“Iran is not just an Israeli problem, but an exporter of terror, destruction and instability that hurt us all.
“The world must not be silent in the face of Iranian terror.”
The Henry Jackson Society think-tank has claimed the UK Government has been “ignoring Iran’s malfeasances for too long”.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Henry Jackson Society think-tank accused the UK Government of allowing the Iranian regime to “get away with murder”.
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Countries within missile range of Iran (Image: Express)
The think tank urged the Foreign Secretary to “finally act” and said that appeasing Iran was “naive” and “plain stupid”.
Sam Armstrong, director of communications at the Henry Jackson Society, said: “The UK has ignored Iran’s malfeasances for too long.
“From the kidnapping of Nazanin Zatgari-Ratcliffe to the attacks on Saudi oilfields to the hijacking of British flagged boats, we have let Iran get away with murder.
“Now that the Government has seen the deadly consequences of this outrageous negligence it must finally act.”
Iran versus Israel military strength (Image: Express)
Britain has yet to state if there is a plan to respond to the incident, which has not been linked to Iran by the UK Government.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has claimed that Iran was not involved in the assault.
He called Israel’s allegation “baseless” during a news conference.
Express.co.uk has contacted the UK Foreign Office and the Iranian Embassy in London for comment.
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