British Defense Secretary Penny Mordaunt has warned Iran that British forces are already deployed in the Persian gulf and are ready to help the United States and other allies in the case of a conflict.
Speaking at the parliament on Monday, the newly-appointed Defense secretary said London would not hesitate to act “if the balloon goes up” over Iran.
In response to questions about reports of having sent military forces to the region, Mordaunt said: “Yes, we are, and we are already deployed in the region.
“THIS IS A REGION WHERE WE HAVE A HUGE STAKE AND A HUGE AMOUNT INVESTED AND WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR ALLIES AND PARTNERS TO FIRSTLY TRY AND DE-ESCALATE THINGS IN THE REGION BUT ALSO TO TRULY UNDERSTAND THE FACTS BEHIND RECENT EVENTS.”
She said the UK shared concerns of the US, European countries and Persian Gulf partners about Iran’s activities in the region.
“We continue to work closely with our allies and partners to mitigate the threats to regional security.”
Britain’s insistence to jump on the anti-Iran bandwagon is a desperate attempt to stay relevant in the face of a fading international influence as London deals with numerous economic and political issues both at home and abroad.
The UK has been trying hard to keep close ties with the US and Persian Gulf allies in hope of establishing strong trade relations with them after leaving the European Union (EU) later this year.
Prime Minister Theresa May has frequented Saudi Arabia and other repressive Arab regimes in the Middle east over the past years to secure more arms deals with their rulers.