UK urge world leaders to ‘de-escalate’ Iran tensions

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Protesters burn the US and British flags during a protest against the killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani

Britain’s foreign secretary has said the UK is trying to de-escalate tensions in Iran to avoid a war after a US airstrike killed its top general.

Dominic Raab said the UK understands the “position” the US were in as he described Major General Qassem Soleimani, who died in the strike on his motorcade on Friday in Iraq, as “a regional menace”.

Iran has threatened revenge on the US over the killing of the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, who was the mastermind behind the country’s regional security strategy.

Mr Raab told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “The US has a right to exercise self-defence and we’re sympathetic to the situation they found themselves in but we want de-escalation now.

“We need to avoid a war and de-escalate and stabilise the situation.

“My first concern is to protect British citizens, forces, our diplomatic missions, all of that planning and preparation is in place – we’re working with our partners on that.”