UK Labour Leader Corbyn Blasted for Taking ‘Anti-US’ Position on Iranian Attacks on Tankers
Controversial UK Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn was blasted from all sides on Sunday after he claimed there was no “credible evidence” of Iranian involvement in a recent attack on two oil tankers.
The tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman on June 13 with limpet mines and possibly projectiles, leaving both ships disabled. US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both explicitly blamed Iran for the incident. “Iran did do it,” Trump simply said.
“Britain should act to ease tensions in the Gulf, not fuel a military escalation that began with US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement,” Corbyn said of the attacks.
“Without credible evidence about the tanker attacks, the Government’s rhetoric will only increase the threat of war,” he added.
UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who had previously endorsed the US’s accusation against Iran, called Corbyn’s comments “pathetic and predictable.”
“Why can he never bring himself to back British allies, British intelligence or British interests?” he said. “We actually have video evidence that shows what the Iranians have been doing.”
“For Jeremy Corbyn, it’s all America’s fault,” Hunt asserted.
Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, considered the front runner for the leadership of the ruling Conservative party, said Corbyn’s statements “set new records for bad judgment by seeming to take the side against our number-one ally, the United States of America, in favor of the Iran Revolutionary Guard of Tehran.”
“Is that the kinda guy we want in Downing Street?” he asked. “Absolutely not.”
Leadership candidate Michael Gove also weighed in, saying Corbyn “is not fit to be trusted with our national security.”
Home Secretary Sajid Javid asked, “Why is Jeremy Corbyn never on the side of the country he seeks to lead?”
“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,” he added.
Conservative MP Dominic Raab, the former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, commented, “Yet again Jeremy Corbyn allows his anti-American prejudice to skew his moral compass.”
An anonymous Labour MP speaking to The Daily Mail on Sunday referred to Corbyn’s past as a commentator on the Iranian government-controlled media outlet Press TV, saying, “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.”
Corbyn has a long history of extreme statements and is widely considered antisemitic by British Jews, particularly in his attitude toward Israel and its Jewish supporters.