Tensions are soaring between the UK and Iran after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard seized seized a British oil tanker last Friday. Theresa May will chair a Cobra meeting today in response to the crisis and is expected to receive updates from ministers and officials, as well as discuss the security of shipping in the area. There are also reports ministers are considering freezing Iranian assets.
It is hotting up between Iran and the US also, after Iran announced it had uncovered 17 suspected CIA spies, some of whom had been sentenced to death.
According to an Intelligence Ministry statement read on state TV, the alleged spires were “employed in sensitive and vital private sector centres in the economic, nuclear, infrastructural military and cyber areas… where they collected classified information".
Mr Corbyn has previously been accused of being “soft on defence”, generally backing diplomatic solutions over military ones.
He has spoken in favour of improved international relations with Iran and between 2009 and 2012 appeared four times on its state-funded Press TV reportedly earning up to £10,000 for these appearances.
Jeremy Corbyn and Hassan Rouhani (Image: GETTY)
British oil tanker seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guard (Image: GETTY)
In 2016, the Labour leader claimed he had used this role to address “human rights