WikiLeaks: US pressured UK to 'crack down' on Iranian banks

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 3, 2011 17:50

US pressure on the UK to "crack down" on Iranian banks operating in Britain in response to Teheran's failure to disclose information on its nuclear activity were detailed in secret US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday.

A cable from November 2007 from the US Embassy in London describes then UK prime minister Gordon Brown and then foreign minister David Miliband "pressing aggressively for tough new EU measures, strengthening its public rhetoric, and using financial oversight to quietly scrutinize Iranian banks operating in the UK."

The cable describes US and UK goals on Iran as being "in sync," but suggests Washington push the British further to "ratchet up the pressure on Tehran."


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