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London - Britain: Israel Might Carry Out A Pre-Emptive Strike On Iran

Published on: February 2, 2012 04:08 PM
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EPA FILE - British Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg speaks to a radio audience in London, Britain, 08 August 2011. EPA FILE - British Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg speaks to a radio audience in London, Britain, 08 August 2011.

London - 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.

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“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.


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 Feb 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM concerned_Jew Says:

They wish Israel would do their dirty work for them so they don't have to and then if anything goes wrong they can blame Israel for it. Don't trust them Brits.

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 Feb 02, 2012 at 07:43 PM Anon Ibid Opcit Says:

For the past ten years Israel has been "just about" to attack Iran. Just before or after whatever US election is nearest. During Ramadan. Before Ramadan. After Yom Kippur. On the second Tuesday after St. Mugwump's day if it's a full moon. The Lefties scream that the evil Jooz will do it. The Righties pray that the evil Jooz will do their dirty work for them.

Successive Israeli governments have decided it isn't in their nation's best interests. So they don't.

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 Feb 03, 2012 at 01:34 AM The_Beadle Says:

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concerned_Jew Says:

They wish Israel would do their dirty work for them so they don't have to and then if anything goes wrong they can blame Israel for it. Don't trust them Brits.

No one has less respect for Nick Clegg than I, but I think you need to get a better understanding of British politics before you comment.

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