Iran summons UK envoy over ‘unfounded’ oil tanker attack claims

The British foreign ministry has denied a report that the UK’s ambassador in Tehran has been summoned over comments blaming Iran for the latest tanker attacks.

Iran has summoned the British ambassador to Tehran after London blamed it for attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the semi-official Students News Agency ISNA reported.

The British government denies the claim.

“During the meeting with Iran’s foreign ministry official, Iran strongly condemned the unfounded allegations and criticised Britain’s unacceptable stance regarding the attacks in the Gulf of Oman,” ISNA said.

The ambassador was asked for an explanation and correction after Britain was the only nation to echo US accusations, it reported.

A British foreign ministry official said the report was wrong and the ambassador has not been summoned.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt issued a statement on Friday blaming Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for the attacks, saying no other state or non-state actor could have been responsible.

Read the article and watch the report on SBS TV News (AAP).