Cameron: "Nothing - and I mean nothing, is off the table" when it comes to Iran nuclear programme
Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted that Britain is open to all options in tackling a nuclear Iran
Speaking at the business lunch of the Conservative Friends of Israel group today, Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that "nothing is off the table" with regards to a nuclear Iran.
While Defence Secretary Philip Hammond last week stated that Britain's economic interests would likely be damaged during a third party attack on Iran, Cameron went out of his way today to insist that military action against Iran is certainly not off the cards.
In a warm speech to the Conservative Friends of Israel this afternoon, Cameron stated:
"Of course there is another clear and present danger facing Israel, and that is Iran. A nuclear programme that continues to threaten the region; six United Nations resolutions flouted; terror exported to Iraq, to Syria, to Gaza, to Lebanon, to countries right across the world.
Now I don’t believe, as some do; a nuclear-armed Iran is just going to be a fact of life, nor that military action is now just a question of when, not if. The fact is that the sanctions are having a major impact, helped by the regime’s own chronic economic mismanagement.
The Rial has plummeted. Inflation is soaring. Oil exports are down dramatically. And all this is cranking up the pressure on the regime. That’s why I have said to Prime Minister Netanyahu that now is the time for tough diplomacy, not for military action. Military action that could have grave consequences for the region.
It would only give more fire-power to the regime - a cause to rally its people around, a foreign enemy to hate, and we cannot give that beleaguered regime more oxygen. Instead, we have got to give these sanctions time to work. But let me be absolutely clear, if Iran makes the wrong choice – nothing – and I mean nothing - is off the table.
Britain will work relentlessly to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran, not just for the sake of Israel, but for the peace and security of the world."
Cameron's words may offer consolation to those who felt that last week, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond had thrown the towel in on the Iran issue. Hammond had said:
"The Government firmly believes we should continue to pursue the diplomatic route in persuading Iran to abandon its nuclear ambtions..."
“In terms of a third party attack on Iran, in terms of the impact on the UK, anything which destabilises the region, which put at risk flows of oil from the Gulf, any attempt to close the straits of Hormuz, would have a direct and immediate effect on the price of oil and therefore a direct effect on the prospects for economic growth and economic recovery in the UK.”
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