'UK's Clegg concerned over int'l conflict with Iran'

"I worry certain countries might take matters into their own hands," deputy PM tells UK 'House Magazine.'

February 3, 2012 10:02
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British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg expressed concern about the possibility of an international military conflict over Iran's nuclear program, in a Thursday interview with The House Magazine.

"Of course I worry that there will be a military conflict and that certain countries might seek to take matters into their own hands," he was cited as saying.

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"That's why we have been very much at the forefront of demonstrating to the world that ... there's a big problem - Iran appears to want to illegally or illicitly arm itself with with a nuclear weapon and, secondly, that there are very tough things we can do which are not military steps in order to place pressure on Iran."

The British official's remarks come amid recent media speculation concerning a possible Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear facilities and the same day as a Washington Post report revealed that US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta believes such an attack would take place in April, May or June.

Clegg did not clarify what the position of his Liberal Democrat party would be on British participation in such a conflict.

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