TV News LIES

Friday, Jan 30th

Last update08:42:00 AM GMT

You are here News International Britain rejects US request to use UK bases in nuclear standoff with Iran

Britain rejects US request to use UK bases in nuclear standoff with Iran

E-mail Print PDF

UK rejects US basesBritain has rebuffed US pleas to use military bases in the UK to support the build-up of forces in the Gulf, citing secret legal advice which states that any pre-emptive strike on Iran could be in breach of international law.

The Guardian has been told that US diplomats have also lobbied for the use of British bases in Cyprus, and for permission to fly from US bases on Ascension Island in the Atlantic and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, both of which are British territories.

The US approaches are part of contingency planning over the nuclear standoff with Tehran, but British ministers have so far reacted coolly. They have pointed US officials to legal advice drafted by the attorney general's office which has been circulated to Downing Street, the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence.

This makes clear that Iran, which has consistently denied it has plans to develop a nuclear weapon, does not currently represent "a clear and present threat". Providing assistance to forces that could be involved in a pre-emptive strike would be a clear breach of international law, it states.

"The UK would be in breach of international law if it facilitated what amounted to a pre-emptive strike on Iran," said a senior Whitehall source. "It is explicit. The government has been using this to push back against the Americans."

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Dozens killed in Afghanistan in attacks on funeral, checkpoint

Afghanistan attacks A suicide bomb attack on a funeral in east Afghanistan killed 16 people and injured another...

Gas blast at Mexico City children's hospital, dozens injured

Mexico gas blastA powerful gas tank truck explosion shattered a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City on...

Scotland enacts fracking moratorium

Scotland moratorium on frackingThe Scottish government will take a cautious look at shale oil and gas extraction during a...

Lawyers seek review of ICC refusal to probe Gaza flotilla

ICC refuses Flotilla investigationLawyers are calling for a review of the International Criminal Court prosecutor's decision not to investigate...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!