Pressure has begun to mount on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as tensions between the Islamic Republic of Iran and US begin to heat up. As a traditional ally of the United States and in need of a trade deal, the UK’s dedication to the Iranian Nuclear Agreement could begin to waver.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has launched an uncharacteristic criticism on Monday against US President Donald Trump’s threat to hit 52 Iranian cultural sites in the event of an outbreak of conflict.
“There are international conventions in place that prevent the destruction of cultural heritage,” said a spokesperson for the prime minister.
Downing Street refused to label the potential attack as a war crime however and issued a statement of approval to the US for the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
The spokesperson pointed out the international rules of war which are contained in the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, prohibiting states from attacking protected sites.
When asked if the UK accepted the US’ stated justification that the attack was preemptive, the spokesperson said: “States have a right to take action such as this in self-defence and the US have been clear that Soleimani was plotting imminent attacks on American diplomats and military personnel.”
He stressed that news of Iran dropping all limitations on uranium enrichment within the Joint Comprehensive Plan of…