Senior figures in the Government’s National Security Council told the BBC that they are looking at what military role Britain would play. One option is apparently deployment of the Royal Navy in the Middle East.
World powers are laying out a new package of proposals in crunch talks over Iran’s contested nuclear programme which will be “of interest” to Tehran, a spokesman for the EU’s foreign policy chief said.
“I am not going to go into the details of what we are proposing but of course we are putting proposals on the table that are of interest to Iran,” Michael Mann, spokesman for Baroness Ashton, said at the talks in Baghdad.
The one overriding issue is Iran’s nuclear programme, which the Islamic republic insists is peaceful but which much of the international community suspects masks an attempt to join the elite club of nations with the bomb.
The fear is that a nuclear-armed Iran would destabilise the already volatile Middle East and sound the death knell for 60 years of international efforts to prevent the spread of atomic weapons, sparking a regional arms race.