Lord Taylor of Warwick asked the Government “what assessment they have made of recent escalating diplomatic tensions between the United States and Iran.”

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, responded, “We are concerned by the risk of unintended escalation between the United States and Iran. That is why we are speaking to all parties and specifically advising Iran – using our diplomatic relationship – that escalation is not in their interest. We are also concerned by the potential of further tension as a result of the failure of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. We are clear that maintaining this deal is important to our national security interests; the UK Government is working with our European partners to ensure it is upheld as long as Iran continues to meet its nuclear commitments in full.”