UK diplomat in Tehran warns against ‘escalation and miscalculation’

A top UK diplomat has met with senior officials in Tehran to discuss preventing “escalation and miscalculation” amid heightened tensions between the US and Iran.

The UK Foreign Office quotes Andrew Murrison, the minister of state for the Middle East, as saying his visit was aimed at “open, frank and constructive engagement” with his Iranian counterparts.

He says that includes reiterating the UK’s assessment that Iran almost certainly bears responsibility for recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, which Iran denies.

Murrison adds that Iran must continue to meet its commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers from which the Trump administration withdrew a year ago, before re-imposing crippling economic sanctions on the country.

— AP

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