Britain Warns Israel against Attack on Iran
Iran’s oil ministry announced today that it has stopped oil sales to British and French companies as British Foreign Secretary William Hague publicly warned Israel that military action against Iran ‘would not be wise.’
“Exporting crude to British and French companies has been stopped,” said oil ministry spokesman Ali Reza Nikzad-Rahbar. “Iran has no difficulty in selling and exporting its crude oil... We shall sell to new customers, who will replace French and UK companies,” he added [IRNA, 19 February].
Meanwhile in London, the British foreign secretary told the BBC that a nuclear-armed Iran would result in another cold war in the Middle East, but he urged against military action.
“They (Iran) would either be attacked and there would be a war, or there would be a cold war in which Iran for the long term would be subject to these very intense economic sanctions and they would find that other nations in their region developed nuclear weapons,” Hague said.
“I don’t think a wise thing at this moment is for Israel to launch a military attack on Iran,” Hague added. “I think Israel like everyone else in the world should be giving a real chance to the approach we have adopted on very serious economic sanctions and economic pressure and the readiness to negotiate with Iran… That’s what we need to make a success of.” [The Mail, 19 February].