UK says it opposes strike on Iran 'at this moment'

Comment comes after 'Guardian' report claiming UK rebuffed US plans to use its bases to support the build-up of troops in Gulf.

By REUTERS
October 26, 2012 18:18
1 minute read.
US President Barack Obama, UK PM David Cameron

President Barack Obama w UK PM David Cameron 390 R. (photo credit: REUTERS/Jason Reed )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

LONDON - Britain said on Friday it was opposed to a military strike on Iran "at this moment" over its disputed nuclear program, arguing sanctions were having an effect and diplomacy should be given time.

The comments followed a report by Britain's Guardian newspaper which said Britain had rebuffed US plans to use its bases to support the build-up of troops in the Gulf, due to legal advice warning that a pre-emptive strike would be illegal.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The legal advice says Iran currently does not represent a "clear and present threat", according to the Guardian, which cited unnamed sources.

"The government does not believe military action against Iran is the right course of action at this moment, though no option is off the table," UK Prime Minister David Cameron's spokeswoman told reporters, declining to comment on the legal advice.

Click here for full Jpost coverage of the Iranian threat

"We want to see the sanctions, which are starting to have some impact, working, and also engaging with Iran," she said.

The Guardian said Britain had not received a formal US request to use its bases for a military build-up.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Cameron and Western diplomats believe harsh sanctions imposed on Iran by the West are beginning to weaken Tehran's resolve and to stoke public discontent, and that military action would reverse the trend and rally Iranians to the government.

Israel and the West believe Iran is trying to achieve nuclear weapons capability. Tehran says its program is for purely civilian, energy purposes.

Years of diplomacy and sanctions have failed to resolve the dispute, raising fears of Israeli military action against its arch foe and of a new Middle East war.

Talks between the West and Iran could take place after the Nov. 6 United States presidential election, following three inconclusive rounds this year.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Bushehr nuclear Iranian
August 5, 2014
Iran and the bomb: The future of negotiations

By YONAH JEREMY BOB