Britain is being punished for doing Trump’s dirty work in the Gulf – something it can expect more of under Boris Johnson

The Iranians’ trigger-happy attitude aims to nudge the Europeans out of their comfort zone. They want EU states to pressure the Trump administration to scale back some of the economic sanctions, especially on Iran’s oil sales, since Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal

Ahmed Aboudouh
@Abodou7
The Independent Voices

Iran has won a point over the UK.

Seizing a British oil tanker in the gulf has been always a red line. The Iranians have pushed the UK’s back against the wall, as they said they would do. Their message was loud and clear. But British ministers and diplomats underestimated the Iranian threat.

The confrontation started with the confiscation of the Iranian oil tanker Grace 1 in Gibraltar, on behest of the US. Trump’s pressure on the government was meant to drive a wedge between the UK and its European allies, who are keen on maintaining the status quo and the 2015 nuclear deal, signed by Iran and other major powers.

The EU signatories want Iran to avoid two crucial events: Iran breaking off from the nuclear accord (also known as the JCPOA), and igniting a war with the US.

As for the Iranians, their trigger-happy attitude in the gulf aims to nudge the Europeans out of their comfort zone. They want EU states to pressure the Trump administration to scale back some of the economic sanctions, especially on Iran’s oil sales, since Trump pulled out of the JCPOA and re-imposed them on Iran.

more:   and video report:

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/iran-oil-tanker-uk-brexit-boris-johnson-jeremy-hunt-donald-trump-a9013806.html

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