MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The UK Foreign Office has entered into its so-called emergency mode, which involves staff working 24 hours a day along with senior officials being more engaged, amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, the Sky News broadcaster reported, citing sources.

“We are going into emergency mode”, a source at Whitehall told the Sky News broadcaster.

The current amount of crisis remains low, but it could go up when the problem becomes aggravated, the media added.

Yet another source told the media that the amount of extra Foreign Office workers focused on Iran had raised fivefold.

In this Sept. 22, 2011 file photo, Iran's Revolutionary Guard members march during armed forces parade marking the anniversary of the start of the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war, in front of the shrine of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran

AFP 2019 / / Vahid Salemi

The news comes after the United States strengthened its military presence in the Persian Gulf with the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier along with a bomber job force to deliver”a very clear and unmistakable message” into Tehran. Washington accepted the extra setup of Arlington amphibious warship and the missile defence system into the region last weekend. Iran has, for its part, repeatedly voiced its readiness to retaliate in the event of a military conflict.

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weekly, Tehran announced it was suspending a few of its responsibilities under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was signed in 2015 to restrict the nation’s nuclear activity.

The decision came a year after the United States pulled out of the agreement and stricter wide-ranging sanctions on Tehran, such as constraints against businesses and financial institutions of countries that do business with the Islamic republic. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has contributed European countries 60 days to organise talks on the issue.


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