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US NewsIran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis

21:05  21 july  2019
21:05  21 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destination

UK says Iran tanker will be freed after guarantees on destination British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt sought to ease tensions with Iran on Saturday, saying a tanker held by Gibraltar would be released if Tehran guaranteed it was not heading to Syria. He said he had a "constructive call" with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who he said assured him that Tehran "is not seeking to escalate" tensions between the countries. "I reassured him our concern was destination not origin of the oil on Grace One," a tanker seized off the coast of the tiny British territory of Gibraltar on July 4, Hunt tweeted.

John Bolton , White House national security adviser and notorious Iraq-era hawk, is a man on a mission. Given broad latitude over policy by Donald Trump , he is widely held to be driving the US confrontation with Iran . And in his passionate bid to tame Tehran, Bolton cares little who gets hurt

The former UN ambassador under George W Bush and a notorious hawk, Bolton has called for bombing Iran and North Korea.

Iran has accused Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of attempting to drag the UK into a 'quagmire' over the Gulf crisis.

The Middle Eastern nation's foreign minister Javad Zarif tweeted on Sunday said that the US politician was 'turning his venom' on Britain in an attempt to start the 'War of the Century'.

'Make no mistake: Having failed to lure @realDonaldTrump into War of the Century, and fearing collapse of his #B_Team, @AmbJohnBolton is turning his venom against the UK in hopes of dragging it into a quagmire,' Zarif tweeted.

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Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (pictured) slammed US national security adviser John Bolton Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited He tweeted on Sunday saying that Bolton was 'turning his venom against the UK' over the Gulf crisis

'Only prudence and foresight can thwart such ploys.'

Iran 'may have seized' oil tanker that went off radar at weekend

Iran 'may have seized' oil tanker that went off radar at weekend Iran may have seized a small oil tanker travelling through the Strait of Hormuz after its tracker stopped transmitting its location, a US official has said. © Reuters An oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz: File pic The Panama-flagged Riah was in Iranian territorial waters near Qeshm Island, which is home to a Revolutionary Guard base, the defence official told the Associated Press (AP) news agency. © Sky News Screen Grab The tanker was travelling through the Strait of Hormuz "We certainly have suspicions that it was taken," the official said.

Donald Trump ’ s national security adviser John Bolton wants the United States to go to war with Iran . And everything that the Trump administration has done over its Iran policy, particularly since Bolton became Trump ’ s top foreign policy adviser in April of 2018, must be viewed through this lens

Iran denies this and accuses Britain of breaking international law. Mr Trump ’ s advisors have been busy trying to box in the president. In May last year Mike Pompeo, the secretary of On July 18th John Bolton , Mr Trump ’ s national security advisor , tweeted that “one of the worst mistakes of the

Britain and Iran have been at loggerheads since the Royal Navy seized an Iranian vessel, which is currently being held in Gibraltar.

Iran retaliated this week by taking a British oil tanker and its crew into custody near the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf.

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood was today forced to deny that the UK had taken its 'eye off the ball' and said the Government was looking at a 'series of options' after Iranian forces seized the UK-flagged tanker.

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Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis
Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis

Iran accuses Trump's national security adviser John Bolton of trying to drag Britain into a 'quagmire' over simmering Gulf crisis © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited National Security Advisor John Bolton has repeatedly called for regime change in Tehran

Appearing on Sky's Sophy Ridge on Sunday this morning Mr Ellwood said the UK had three or four warships going through 100 nautical miles of waterway every day, adding: 'It is impossible simply to escort each individual vessel.'

Former Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith claimed this morning that the UK had turned down an offer of US military help to protect vessels.

'I think there are genuine questions to be raised right now about the British Government's behaviour, I say this as a supporter of the Government,' he told the Andrew Marr Show.

'They were not taken up at the point and I want to know why, with only one ship as it appears there, and no accelerated attempt at assets.

'This is a major failure and the Government has to answer that charge very quickly indeed.'

Dominic Raab rules out ‘barter’ over Iranian tanker.
Britain’s new foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has said there will be no “barter” over the UK-flagged oil tanker seized by Iran, as the stand-off over the two countries’ seizure of each other’s vessels continues. 

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