(Persia Digest) – Iran’s former Foreign Ministry Spokesperson has said: “The overall policies of the UK ruling party in support of the JCPOA nuclear deal will not change under Boris Johnson. The new PM’s approach is to de-escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf.”

The new UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will be forming a cabinet while his country is facing a number of crises. One of these is the escalating tensions with Iran and the seizure of oil tankers.

Former Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Ramin Mehmanparast, told Persia Digest (PD) in an interview: “A few weeks ago, Britain unlawfully seized an Iranian oil tanker in the Strait of Gibraltar under the pretext of carrying oil to Syria which is under EU sanctions. But in fact, Britain seized the tanker after a request made by the US.”

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He added: “A number of problems arise here. Firstly, they announced the tanker’s destination as Syria without accurate information. Secondly, EU sanctions against Syria are unlawful and contrary to the rights of its people to choose their own destiny and support their legal government. Thirdly, Britain was obliging the US in seizing Grace 1. This is a questionable foreign policy by Britain and can turn this country into a tool for the hardliner US Administration.”

Speaking about the seizure of the British tanker in the Persian Gulf, Mehmanparast reiterated: “The seizure of the British oil tanker was lawful, because it took place after its violations became clear in Iranian territorial waters.”

He continued: “At some point, Britain felt it had to get closer to the US after Brexit and leaving the EU to compensate for its internal political instabilities. But the ruling Tory Party has a new Prime Minister now.”

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The former Foreign Ministry Spokesperson stressed: “With the return of political stability to Britain, the new cabinet’s policy towards the JCPOA will remain broadly similar to Theresa May’s policies. The JCPOA has not lost in importance to resolve an international crisis. As a logical assessment, the British authorities will know that following in the footsteps of the US in leaving the JCPOA can seriously undermine their credibility. They have also clearly indicated their support for the deal.”

Mehmanparast assessed that Boris Johnson’s cabinet will attempt to de-escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf, adding: “It seems that Boris Johnson also considers falling in line with Europe in diminishing international tensions in the Persia Gulf a priority in the interest of his government. Although he is also a nationalist like Trump, this cannot affect the British government’s stance on the JCPOA. Because, if they decide otherwise, they will be enslaved by radical currents in the US such as Bolton whose interests lie in escalating tensions.”

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