Angela Crawley, SNP MP, asked the Secretary of State for Defence “what recent assessment she has made of the security situation in Iran.”

Mark Lancaster, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Defence responded that “We are extremely concerned by Iran’s breach of the nuclear deal and we are working intensively to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in place. We remain clear that the nuclear deal is still the best option in the interests of global security. It is critical that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons and this deal makes the world a safer place by taking the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran off the table. Iranian attacks on tankers in the Gulf and a US drone violate international norms and increase the risk of escalation by miscalculation. We are continuing to use all diplomatic channels to work with the international community to restore maritime security in the Gulf and de-escalate regional tensions.”