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Next week’s meeting of the G-7 leaders in Biarritz, France, comes as tensions with Iran have spiked. The gathering presents the world’s most advanced economic nations with an opportunity to show unity against the Islamic republic’s belligerence. But this will only happen if the heads of state come to possess a cleareyed view of what Tehran really is: a dictatorship with imperial and nuclear ambitions.
The United States understands Iran’s evil objectives, and US President Donald Trump should be applauded for withdrawing from the ill-fated 2015 Iran nuclear accord. The United Kingdom should do likewise but, sadly, the British government has remained a staunch believer in the deal with a regime that has proven time again that it is not to be trusted.
It seems that Downing Street is playing down the international embarrassment that Iran is still holding hostage a British-flagged oil tanker, the Stena Impero, and its 23 crew while the Iranian Grace-1 oil tanker has been released from Gibraltar. Nor do our leaders seem terribly concerned with the fate of British subjects held prisoner by the Islamic republic.