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Jeremy Corbyn is blasted for refusing to blame Iran for the Gulf tanker attack as the Labour leader claims the Government is trying to stir up conflict

  • Corbyn suggests there was ‘no credible evidence’ Iran was behind tanker attacks
  • Labour leader accused the Government of trying to stir up conflict in the Gulf
  • His comments were branded ‘pathetic and predictable’ by the Foreign Secretary

Jeremy Corbyn was last night branded a risk to Britain’s national security after accusing the Government of trying to stir up conflict in the Gulf.

The hard-Left Labour leader suggested there was no ‘credible evidence’ that Iran was responsible for the attacks on two oil tankers, which have dramatically heightened tensions in the region.

But Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt backed US claims that the Tehran regime was ‘almost certainly’ behind Thursday’s incident, a view supported by video footage released by Washington.

The Foreign Office said ‘no other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible’, and that there was a ‘recent precedent for attacks by Iran against oil tankers’. 

The view echoes the assessment of the US, which has firmly blamed Iran for the damage done to the Kokuka Courageous and Front Altair vessels – a claim Tehran denies.

But the peacenik opposition leader took to social media on Friday evening and declared: ‘Britain should act to ease tensions in the Gulf, not fuel a military escalation that began with US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt backed US claims that the Tehran regime was ‘almost certainly’ behind Thursday’s incident, a view supported by video footage released by Washington

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt backed US claims that the Tehran regime was ‘almost certainly’ behind Thursday’s incident, a view supported by video footage released by Washington

‘Without credible evidence about the tanker attacks, the Government’s rhetoric will only increase the threat of war.’

His comments were branded as ‘pathetic and predictable’ by Mr Hunt. 

Leading a chorus of condemnation from all six of the Conservative leadership contenders, he said: ‘Why can he never bring himself to back British allies, British intelligence or British interests? We actually have video evidence that shows what the Iranians have been doing.’

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‘For Jeremy Corbyn, it’s all America’s fault. And this is the same man, by the way, who refused to condemn Vladimir Putin after the Salisbury Novichok attacks.’

Boris Johnson said the comments ‘set new records for bad judgment by seeming to take the side against our number-one ally, the United States of America, in favour of the Iran Revolutionary Guard of Tehran. Is that the kinda guy we want in Downing Street? Absolutely not.’

The view echoes the assessment of the US, which has firmly blamed Iran for the damage done to the Kokuka Courageous and Front Altair vessels – a claim Tehran denies

The view echoes the assessment of the US, which has firmly blamed Iran for the damage done to the Kokuka Courageous and Front Altair vessels – a claim Tehran denies

Inferno: A fire rages on board the oil tanker MT Front Altair after it was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman yesterday, in what has been described as a torpedo attack

Inferno: A fire rages on board the oil tanker MT Front Altair after it was hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman yesterday, in what has been described as a torpedo attack 

Michael Gove added that Mr Corbyn ‘is not fit to be trusted with our national security’, while Home Secretary Sajid Javid blasted: ‘Why is Jeremy Corbyn never on the side of the country he seeks to lead?’

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Claiming Mr Corbyn himself was a security risk to Britain, Mr Javid added: ‘Never mind whether he’s qualified to be PM of our great country – based on his past associations alone, Corbyn wouldn’t even qualify for a Home Office building pass.’

Dominic Raab said: ‘Yet again Jeremy Corbyn allows his anti-American prejudice to skew his moral compass,’ and Rory Stewart added: ‘Jeremy Corbyn is wrong.’

Last night one Labour MP blamed Mr Corbyn’s paid performances on Iranian state television before he became party leader as clouding his judgment. 

They told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Corbyn has been paid by the Iranian government to appear on their state propaganda channel. Jewish MPs are being wrongly accused of being in the pay of Israel and he is literally in the pay of Iran’.

Mr Corbyn has previously defended receiving £20,000 to appear on Iran’s Press TV as recently as 2012.

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