UK considers Iran war options - report

2012-05-23 13:00

London - British government ministers are discussing what role the country could play in a possible military confrontation in the Middle East over Iran's nuclear programme, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

Ministers are considering whether any involvement from Britain would be legal if talks with Iran break down and Israel bombs Iran's nuclear facilities. Such a move risks starting a wider war in the region and a closure of the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil-shipping sea lane, the report said.

Britain is examining a number of options, from diplomatic support for Israel to the involvement of Britain's Royal Navy in the region, according to the BBC.

Britain's Foreign Office was not immediately available for comment.

Global powers are meeting in Baghdad on Wednesday for talks on Tehran's nuclear programme and officials said the Western-led coalition was ready to make an offer on a way forward if Iran showed willingness to curb its nuclear programme in a transparent way.

The UN nuclear agency director said on Tuesday he expected to sign a deal soon to unblock an investigation into suspected Iranian nuclear work following a trip to Tehran. .

  • Johan - 2012-05-23 13:28

    The Americans are already planning this new war to keep their armaments industry going and to get votes for Obama

      Neutedop - 2012-05-23 13:39

      A war will be the worst outcome for Obama - believe me, more than half the Americans don't want war. So he will avoid it as much as possible.

      jaba.kov - 2012-05-23 13:55

      The West does not want war but are preparing for the worst case scenario like any democratic nation should. If Iran doesn’t build a bomb – there will be no war. The ball is in Iran’s court.

      jowza1 - 2012-05-23 14:11

      jaba.thats alot of drivel - 2012-05-23 14:40

      Jaba... Iran says the uranium enrichment programme is essential for their pwoer supply and medical practices. I don't see why there should be awar over such. Anyway, US and Israel are armed with nuclear weapons enough to exterminate every living thing on this planet. Why can't other states acquire such power?

      Freddie - 2012-05-23 14:47

      Drivel, thats a lot of Jowsza

      jaba.kov - 2012-05-23 15:47

      How much Nuclear Isotopes does Iran really need? Why stock pile as much as 20% Uranium? Why are so many centrifuges churning out Uranium Greater than 5% purity? Why are nuclear triggers needed for peaceful nuclear programs? What does a peaceful nuclear program Need ICBM's for? The above, and including the constant rant of wiping a member of the UN off the map. Expect action anytime between now and the US elections.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-23 19:11

      You know this how?

  • Loo - 2012-05-23 13:35

    if they want to build nuclear bombs , they deserve to be countered. last thing we need is nuclear bombs in the hands of a country that is pro Al- Queda and despises the western world and its beliefs. They will have noe problem launching a nuclear attack in the name of Jihad.

      jowza1 - 2012-05-23 14:08

      I suppose you have concrete,verified evidence that iran backs al-qaeda

      victor.freeman.39 - 2012-05-23 15:04

      So the West can have nuclear bombs? Fantastic reasoning.

      jaba.kov - 2012-05-23 16:07

      Victor - The West has not threatened another country with annihilation. If Iran never threatened anyone, then no one would care about their ambitions. Iran is a lot like Malema... their principal downfall is their big mouths.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-05-23 13:43

    The New World Order marches on to modernize Islam, like it or not, there will be Coke'nCola in every shop and a McDonalds on every street corner, across every land. Oil or no oil, nuclear threats or not. This future is unstoppable.

      Fidel - 2012-05-23 13:57

      Planting a coke sign and the big M in every foreign city is hardly a civilising mission.

      jowza1 - 2012-05-23 14:09

      modernize islam?is this what its all about

  • Fidel - 2012-05-23 13:55

    Britain is the weak link in the US hegemony. Without UK endorsement to give them a figleaf i.e. Iraq , US cannot subvert international law. If the world has a problem then then it originates in Washington/Tel Aviv, but the road to overturning Washington's plans lies via London....

      Hermann - 2012-05-23 14:32

      Fidel have you thought of the fact that only two countries are currently holding the world hostage and in particular the free world - one arrogant the other insignificant.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-23 19:14


  • dewet.lombardbovey - 2012-05-23 16:00

    Know your facts before stating that Iran wants to use its uranium for medical and power puposes. The Type of enrichment they are doing is not designed for medical and power. the uranium rods they are enriching (the design set) is designed for weapons. Different grades of enrichment are used for power and for medical purposes. get your facts straight. If you want me to explain the different types of enrichment and the difference between rods and sleaves and plates etc etc I will. Now you say they have a right to make nukes because other countries have them. There is a world wide treaty regarding nukes. If Iran doesnt want to go undergo inspection. what makes you think they will stick to the treaty. You first prove yourself trustworthy then apply for "Nuke status" IF they dont ahve anything to hide why cant an inspection be done to ward off suspition and then they will be left alone. Israel shouldnt attack to early though. But they say prevention is better than cure. If they dont do anything and Iran nukes them. Everyone will say.. WHY DIDNT YOU DO ANYTHING TO STOP THEM, YOU KNEW THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. and if they do something now everyone is going to crucify them.... If a guy on the street threatened you and said he will kill you. You go to the police and they say leave it alone. That night he goes into your house with a gun and you see him. You ahve 2 options. 1) let him kill you, 2) Kill him first. WAHT WOULD YOU DO?

      joeballito - 2012-05-23 16:21

      De wet, well put in a nutshell,that's the reality of the situation,period.

      boaz.yarmarkov - 2012-05-23 17:23


      Fidel - 2012-05-24 01:01

      With due respect Dewet, the IAEA, which is the legal authority on Iranian nuclear program has only raised "suspicions" regarding Tehran's nuclear activities. What you have quoted is unsubstantiated propaganda supposedly compiled by the US/Israeli intelligence agency, and you are trying to pass them as FACT on this thread. Nice try!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-24 01:54

      Fidel, how do you conclude the information is compiled by the US and Israel? And which agency are you referring to? Doesn't make sense.

      Fidel - 2012-05-24 09:29

      The IAEA is the legal authority on Iran' suspected nuclear program and has made no such announcement whether officially or otherwise regarding this impasse.

      dewet.lombardbovey - 2012-05-25 12:37

      Fidel, explain to me what knoweledge you ahve when it comes to nuclear rods/plates etc. what research have you done. Do you kow what is the difference between the enrichment levels, do you know what rods are used for in comparison to what plates are used for? Ok now the facts. Iran is making rods. that have received rays for 1500 MW per hour. - Fact Your ignorance is sort of amusing. Read the IAEA report last november regarding Irans Enirichment program. the IAEA HAVE stated that they think Iran is enriching for the purpose of making a bomb which Iran denies and says the "IAEA fabricating the story" Here is an extract that goes with last months Report from.... Guess where... THE IAEA The IAEA's governing council has adopted a resolution expressing "deep and increasing concern about the unresolved issues regarding the Iranian nuclear program."Iran called the November IAEA report a fabrication aimed at bolstering U.S. accusations that Iran is working toward making a bomb."We will never ever suspend our enrichment," Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's permanent envoy to the IAEA, said in November Oh Fidel... please get your facts straight. LMAO

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-25 20:14

      That doesn't mean Dewet's comment is "compiled by the US/Israeli intelligence agency" (whatever this means). WHat it does reflect is your ongoing prejudice and biased perspective when it comes to world affairs, which renders your perspective almost entirely faulty and unreliable. It does provide a somewhat useful marker for wrong-thinking though.

  • Diaan - 2012-05-23 16:49

    Nuke the mad muhlass

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-25 20:15

      This is heartless and mad in itself, Diaan

  • Butters71 - 2012-05-23 17:28

    During the iran-iraq war, saddam hussein used chemical weapons against the iranian, killing hundreds of thousands, iran could have responded in kind, but they were forbidden from using their chemical weapons against iraq by their 'mullahs'. They did however give as good as they got, so if they have nukes they wont use it, if their history has anything to say about it. They want to just destroy the zionist regime, thats not israel just their apartheid govt, who are deporting africans atm

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-23 19:16

      The Iranian regime has hijacked the Iranian state from the Iranian people. It adjusts elections, supports the stoning to death of women, denies the Holocaust, and openly calls for the destruction of Israel, a sovereign nation. This is what you are supporting.

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