Iran TerrorismFormer British Naval Officer Criticises UK Response to Iran...

Former British Naval Officer Criticises UK Response to Iran Tanker Crisis

-

Rear-Admiral Chris Parry

By Pooya Stone

A former Royal Navy officer has criticised former Prime Minister Theresa May for an “appalling” response to the Iran tanker standoff, saying that it failed to convince the EU or the US to support the UK in retaliatory action.

Rear-Admiral Chris Parry also laid into former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, saying that his “muddled thinking” of assuming the EU would support his plan without consulting the countries first, meant that the UK lost the support of Iran’s biggest enemy, the US.

Parry said: “I don’t think the Government did a good job at all. I think, if one of my students at the Maritime Warfare Center come up with the plan I would have sacked them. It was absolutely appalling, it put no pressure on the Iranians at all. It didn’t bring in the Americans, who the Iranians really fear. And the European Union seems to have gone AWOL. So not a great plan.”

He explained that it is the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), who are “making all the troubles in the Gulf at the moment”. The IRGC is listed as a terror group in the US and there are growing calls for the UK and the EU to do the same.

However, Parry seemed confident that the new British government, with Boris Johnson as the new PM, will regain control and get the support of the US and EU in the fight against Iran.

His comments come at the same time that Iran released footage supposedly showing its IRGC commandos warning off British naval officers on Monday, with the video showing an Iranian IRGC patrol boat facing off against a UK warship during the seizure of the British-flagged Stena Impero oil tanker on July 19.

The IRGC defended the seizure, claiming that the tanker violated maritime laws by ignoring warnings, turning off its positioning device, and colliding with an Iranian fishing boat.

In the clip, an Iranian operator told the warship: “This is the IRGC Navy patrol boat, don’t put your life to danger… The tanker is under my control. You are ordered to not interfere in my operation.”

A British naval officer replied: “This is British warship F236. [Our ship is] in the vicinity of an internationally recognised strait with a merchant vessel conducting transit passage”.

Then, IRGC commandos surrounded the ship, forced it into Iranian waters, and stormed the ship.

This came one week after UK forces captured the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 in the Strait of Gibraltar because they suspected it was transporting oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions.

Latest news

The Untold Story of Iran Regime’s Assassinated Qods Force Commander

On the evening of May 22, IRGC Colonel Hassan Sayad Khodai, one of the senior commanders of the Iranian...

Not Even India Invests in Iran’s Ports

Over the past few years, India has been expanding Iran’s port of Chabahar, seeking to send goods through this...

Khamenei’s Wrong Decisions and Its Poisoning Result

In recent days, many demonstrations have taken place across Iran, protesting the Iranian regime’s decisions to increase the price...

Iran: Officials Promote Starving Citizens Under a ‘Great Economic Plan’

Over the past four decades, the Iranian regime has been infamous for making false statements. As a result, citizens...

After Coronavirus, Iran’s Regime Kills People Through Starvation

Multiple protests have recently erupted in various cities across Iran, following the 100 to 400 percent increase in the...

Requirements for a Simple Life in Iran; the Unattainable Dream

It is no exaggeration to say that Iran's economy is in a major freefall. All economic indicators are suggesting...

Must read

Iran shells Iraqi Kurdistan village

Reuters: Iran shelled a Kurdish village in a remote...

Czech Government Rejects Bill to Lift Sanctions Against Iran

Iran Focus London, 11 Sep - The Czech Republic has...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you