Britain is reportedly keeping its options open over military action against Iran.
The Guardian newspaper claims Royal Naval commanders have been stepping up contingency plans amid growing concern over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Citing an unnamed source at the Ministry of Defence, the newspaper reported that the US may decide to accelerate plans for strikes against key Iranian facilities, and that they would receive UK military help for any mission.
The report coincided with Israel’s testing of a long-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
The UN’s atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, is expected to publish intelligence next week pointing to military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear activities but stopping short of saying explicitly that Tehran is trying to build atom bombs.
Iran maintains, however, that its development of nuclear energy is for peaceful.
Britain keeps open military options on Iran