Ahead of talks in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad over Iran’s nuclear energy program, senior British ministers discussed ploys aimed at putting more pressure on Tehran.
Britain’s National Security Council have, for the first time, discussed how the country will respond to an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to a report by politicshome.com.
Senior ministers asked for advice from the Attorney General on a range of options, as far as the issue of Iran’s nuclear energy program is concerned.
The options include “giving diplomatic support to Israel and/or using the Royal Navy to combat attempts by Tehran to close the vital Strait of Hormoz shipping route”, politicshome.com website reported.
The meeting of the UK’s National Security Council with Iran on its agenda just before the new round of talks in Baghdad can be considered as a pressure tool against the Islamic Republic to give in to outside pressure.
The meeting between Iran and six nations - the US, Russia, China, Germany, France and Britain - is the second since diplomacy resumed in mid-April in Istanbul after a tense 15-month hiatus.
One senior western official said the six, led by the EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, would make Iran "a detailed proposal that will include confidence-building measures". No details were available on what these would be.
Iran says its nuclear energy program is a peaceful bid to generate electricity and has repeatedly ruled out suspending all its enrichment of uranium, a process the country is entitled to have as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a signatory to nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The US, Israel and Britain have strained the atmosphere of the negotiations between Iran and the six world powers over Tehran’s nuclear energy program, even before the talks started in Baghdad.
“The United States, Israel and Britain in my judgment have already poisoned the waters leading up to these talks,” said Mark Dankof in a Monday interview with Press TV.
The analyst pointed to Tel Aviv’s efforts to hamper Iran's achievements in nuclear technology, saying, “The fingerprints of the Israeli Mossad are all over these assassinations of these Iranian nuclear scientists.”
Since 2010, a number of Iranian nuclear scientists have lost their lives in a series of terrorist attacks orchestrated by Mossad.