The UK government has urged Donald Trump to step back from the overt war with Iran, saying that there it is “none of our concerns” to further conflict in the region.
In a statement on Friday, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that while the UK “recognized the hostile threat posed by Qasem Soleimani’s Iranian Quds force … we encourage all parties to de-escalate.”
He added that “further conflict is in none of our interests.”
Together with the rest of the European Union, the UK has been instrumental in championing the Iran government’s multilateral nuclear deal and has repeatedly opposed Trump’s decision to withdraw from it.
Raab’s warning of further violence came after Iran threatened “strong retribution” on Friday for killing Iran’s elite Quds force leader, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, in a Trump-led airstrike.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in state television, declared the commander a three-day mourning period, while threatening imminent retaliation against the US.
The U.S. government believes that Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. service members and insists that he planned additional attacks that threatened U.S. staff and regional interests.
“This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans,” a representative said.