The UK Foreign Secretary confirmed that the government has concluded that “it is highly likely” Iran carried out an “unlawful and callous attack” on a ship off the coast of Oman, which killed a British and Romanian national.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab accused Iran of carrying out a “deliberate, targeted” assault which constituted “a clear violation of international law”.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he was considering “next steps” with the UK and other allies, with “an appropriate response forthcoming”. Meanwhile, the head of the British armed forces, General Sir Nick Carter, held discussions with his Israeli counterpart on Sunday.
Tehran has denied any involvement in the suspected drone attack on Thursday in which two crew members – a Briton and a Romanian – were killed.
“Iran should face up to the consequences of what they’ve done,” Johnson told reporters on Monday.
Britain summoned the Iranian ambassador on Monday. Later, Iran summoned the British Charge d’Affaires and Romania’s top envoy in Tehran over their countries’ “accusations against the Islamic Republic”, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported.