Iran General NewsUK's Clegg fears military conflict with Iran

UK’s Clegg fears military conflict with Iran


AP: Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Thursday he has concerns there could be a military conflict with Iran over its disputed nuclear program. LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Thursday he has concerns there could be a military conflict with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.

Clegg was quoted as telling The House Magazine, a weekly British political journal, that he feared Israel could carry out a pre-emptive strike on Iran amid suspicion in the West that Tehran is secretly developing nuclear weapons.

Tensions have been heightened over Iran’s intentions, leading U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday to warn Israel that the standoff over Tehran’s nuclear program must be resolved peacefully.

Asked if he feared Israel could launch an attack against Iran, Clegg — leader of the Liberal Democrats, the junior member of Britain’s coalition government, acknowledged he had concerns.

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

He said Britain had been attempting to demonstrate “that there are very tough things we can do which are not military steps in order to place pressure on Iran.”

Last week, the European Union agreed to tougher sanctions, including an embargo on Iranian oil imports.

However, Clegg said he would not speculate on whether “Britain would participate” if the standoff eventually led to a military response.

“I think of course you don’t in a situation like this take any options off the table,” Clegg was quoted as saying. “When you are in a major standoff with a country which appears to have a sort of hostile intent on these issues, of course you don’t do that. But equally we have been very very clear that we are straining every single sinew to resolve this through a combination of pressure and engagement.”

Iran has in recent weeks claimed it is ready to resume talks with six world powers over its nuclear program.

Latest news

Satellite Footage Shows Tehran Never Stopped Nuclear Bomb-Making Projects

On June 9, Fox News revealed unusual activity at the Sanjarian nuclear site in 25 miles outside the capital...

Presidential Candidates Did Not Mention Iran’s Dying Economy

Not mentioning the economic situation and plans by Iran’s presidential candidates has a long history in Iran’s elections. The...

A Sad Example of Iran Officials’ Pointless Economic Plans

There is no doubt that Iran’s economic system is a disordered and turbulent market without any control or proper...

All-Important Wetlands in Iran Dried Up

Iran is geographically located in an arid and semi-arid region, and in recent years the issue of wetlands, lakes...

Iran’s Livelihood Crisis

What is the situation of livelihood in Iran? Why are the migrant caravans from Iran’s center cities and margins to...

Iran Daily Produces, Buries 58,000 Tons of Waste

“Japan buries three percent of its waste and recycles and composts the remaining part. We produce and non-standardly bury...

Must read

Shiite contest sharpens in Iraq

Washington Post: Posted at the door of Shiite cleric...

Fight Against Corruption in Iran’s Judiciary or Khamenei’s Successor?

By Pooya Stone The corruption case of Akbar Tabari,...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you