British Prime Minister David Cameron's office today confirmed a report published by the Guardian newspaper that Britain was involved in military contingency planning with the United States over Iran. (AP, 26 October)
The Guardian reported on Friday that the U.S. had asked Britain to use its bases in Cyprus and for permission to fly from US bases on Ascension Island in the Atlantic and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, both of which are British territories, in case of the need for strikes to halt Iran's nuclear program. (The Guardian, 26 October)
The British government has declined to comment on The Guardian's report that U.K. attorney general Dominic Grieve had issued legal advice cautioning against a pre-emptive strike as “illegal” because Iran did not constitute “a clear and present threat.”
The PM office insisted however that the talks are not prelude to a pre-emptive attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
“The government does not believe that military action against Iran is the right option at this time, but we are not taking any option off the table,” Cameron's spokeswoman said. (AP)