Britain PM believes Iran was behind an attack on Saudi oil facilities and will work with the United States and European allies on a joint response, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
The United States and Saudi Arabia have already blamed Iran for the Sept 14 strikes that initially halved Saudi oil output.
Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi movement has claimed responsibility.
“The UK is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran for the Aramco attacks. We think it very likely indeed that Iran was indeed responsible,” Johnson told reporters on the plane to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“We will be working with our American friends and our European friends to construct a response that tries to deescalate tensions in the Gulf region.”
A Uniter Kingdom government official said the Houthi’s claim of responsibility was “implausible”, with the scale, sophistication and range of the attack inconsistent with their capabilities.
“It is implausible it wouldn’t have been authorised by the Iranian government,” the British official said.
Asked whether England would rule out military action, Johnson said it would be watching a proposal by the United States to do more to help defend Saudi Arabia.
“Clearly if we are asked, either by the Saudi Arabia or by the America, to have a role then we will consider in what way we can play our role,” he said.