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British people won't support war with Iran, says Peace Pledge Union

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British people won't support war with Iran, says Peace Pledge Union

The PPU has predicted that the majority of people in the UK will not support any attempt by the British government to go to war with Iran.

Their comments came after Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (pictured) gave his backing to US President Donald Trump over claims that the Iranian government was responsibile for an attack on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. 

The Peace Pledge Union (PPU) said that Iranian forces may or may not have been behind the attack, but that the accusation could not be accepted solely on the basis of Trump's claims of information from US intelligence. They added that many people would be reminded of claims about weapons of mass destruction, used in 2003 to justify the invasion of Iraq. 

The PPU emphasised that they do not support the Iranian government, but rather support the many people in Iran who are nonviolently resisting their government's miltiaristic policies. 

PPU Campaigns Manager Symon Hill said:

"Only arms dealers and grandstanding politicians will benefit if the US and UK go to war with Iran. There has been a significant drop in British public support for war over the last two decades, fuelled by the clear failure of the disastrous and life-wasting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

"Donald Trump and Jeremy Hunt are insulting the public's intelligence if they expect us all to have forgotten the dodgy claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. People in the UK, US and Iran can stand together against any attempts by their governments to go to war in their name."