Iran escalation ‘could see UK forces sent to Gulf’

Posted on January 24, 2012


An escalation of a dispute with Iran could see Britain sending military reinforcements to the Gulf, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

Sending HMS Argyll as part of an international warship flotilla through the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday was a “clear signal” to Tehran, he said.

Iran has threatened to close the strait in retaliation for sanctions against its oil exports.

In total, 35% of the world’s tanker-borne oil passes through the strait.

Asked if more resources could be sent to the region, Mr Hammond said: “The UK has a contingent capability to reinforce that presence should at any time it be considered necessary to do so.”

He was speaking at a London press conference following the annual round of talks between UK and Australian foreign and defence ministers.


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