Iran Nuclear NewsIran just years away from nuclear capability, UK says

Iran just years away from nuclear capability, UK says


ImageReuters: Britain believes Iran is just years away from developing a nuclear capability and London is prepared to go it alone with tougher sanctions if necessary, a minister said on Wednesday.

ImageLONDON (Reuters) – Britain believes Iran is just years away from developing a nuclear capability and London is prepared to go it alone with tougher sanctions if necessary, a minister said on Wednesday.

"Our estimate is that Iran could develop a capability in years, not decades, and I think the next year is going to be critical," Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell told the British parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee.

He spoke as world powers said after meeting in Germany that they were committed to a diplomatic solution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program and welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's offer to talk directly to Tehran.

Western powers suspect Iran's nuclear program is aimed at building an atomic bomb. Tehran says it is for peaceful power generation only.

The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, said this week Iran could gain the capability to make a nuclear weapon in two to five years but there was ample time to deal with the concern.

Rammell said Britain was urging Iran to engage with an offer put on the table last year by the six powers — the United States, China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany — known as the E3+3.

"The new U.S. administration has indicated that this will be a priority for them. They've indicated that they will talk directly to the Iranians but within a context that makes it clear that a nuclear-weaponized Iran is not acceptable," he told a committee hearing on nuclear non-proliferation.

"There is a choice here for Iran. It's either to engage and to get all the benefits that are available through the E3+3 process or to face significant ratcheting up of further sanctions," he said.

He said Britain was trying to get international consensus on sanctions against Iran.

"That is why we've been working at the Security Council, it's why we've been working in the EU (European Union), but we've made clear if necessary we will go further on our own."

"I can assure you there is a very strong message that goes from the government to banks and to British industry about the undesirability of investing in Iran," he said.

The U.N. Security Council has imposed three rounds of sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment.

Iran has rejected the six powers' long-standing demand for a suspension of enrichment before talks can begin and has gradually expanded its program during the stalemate, raising fears it may be approaching bomb-making capability.

(Reporting by Adrian Croft)

Latest news

Khamenei’s Disgraceful Campaign Against Piranshahr and Javanrud, Who Will Be the Loser?

On the 67th day of Iran’s revolution, the Iranian regime attempted to put a halt to the protests in...

Iran: Expensive Medicine, Cheap Human Life

A look at the equipment and weapons that the Iranian regime has been using against its people to suppress...

Who Is Abolqasem Salavati Iran Regime’s Killer Judge?

Last week, it was announced that the case of several people who were arrested during the Iranian People's uprising...

Iran Revolution Characteristics

More than two months have passed since the start of the latest round of protests in Iran against the...

Iran’s Regime Is Unable To Eradicate Protests

Totalitarian governments, whether be it a monarchy or a clerical regime, and their international supporters are pursuing the same...

Ten Percent of Iran’s Nation Is Ready To Sacrifice Itself for Freedom

According to estimates by the Iranian regime’s main opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), more than...

Must read

Iran’s Rafsanjani accuses the West of “psychological war”

Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, May 15 – Iran’s former...

Iran Said to Acquire Knowledge on Weapons

AP: Iran, through the black market network, had accumulated...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you