The aim is to maintain some political distance from the US policy towards Iran. The United Kingdom will be hoping for support from France, Germany and Spain, among others.
- European powers will be more inclined to support Hunt’s plans as they avoid direct alignment with the United States.
- Washington could put pressure on the Europeans to toughen their position on Iran in return for shipping security support.
- Iran will continue to apply pressure on the international community through additional threatening actions in the Gulf.