UK to seek European maritime mission to counter Iran’s ‘ illegal acts of piracy’

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Jeremy Hunt says UK will not join US plans as it supports 2015 nuclear deal

The British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has proposed a European-led maritime protection force in the Gulf – spurning separate American plans for a US-led force to protect commercial shipping from Iranian interference.

Speaking to MPs, Hunt said the maritime security force would protect crew and cargo from what he described as “wholly illegal acts of state piracy by Iran”.

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