TORY-leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has suggested the UK could join the US troops in the Middle East if Donald Trump vows to go to war with Iran.
The UK Foreign Secretary said the country would stand beside its number-one ally if it went to war with Iran and would consider what action would be taken.
It comes as the US President warned Iran risked “obliteration” if they provoked a war, but insisted he was willing to talk.
Speaking on Sunday, The Donald said: “I’m not looking for war and if there is, it’ll be obliteration like you’ve never seen before.
“But I’m not looking to do that. But you can’t have a nuclear weapon. You (Iran) want to talk? Good. Otherwise, you can have a bad economy for the next three years.”
Tensions between the US and Iran reached breaking point after two oil tankers were attacked in the Persian Gulf, with Pentagon chiefs laying the blame on the Islamic Republic.
It also emerged the US has carried out a cyber-attack on Tehran – disabling computer systems, which control rockets and missile launchers.
Military bosses ordered the attack after a US drone was shot down by Iranian fighters last week.
Mr Hunt told Mail Online: “We will stand by the United States as our strongest ally, but of course we have to consider any requests for military support on a case-by-case basis.
“We do strongly believe that the solution is for Iran to stop its destabilising activity throughout the Middle East and we are very concerned about the sabotaging of tankers that have happened recently, which is almost certainly Iran.
“We’re constantly in touch with the United States. We want to de-escalate the situation but we are of course extremely worried.”
Iran’s leaders, however, remain bullish and said it will soon exceed international agreed limits on its nuclear programme.