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UK warns Israeli military action against Iran would be 'unwise'

London , Mon, 20 Feb 2012 ANI

London, Feb 20 (ANI): British Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned Israel that military action against Iran would not be a 'wise thing' to do, and insisted that economic sanctions and negotiations must be given 'a real chance' to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.


During an interview with The BBC, Hague repeated his warning that a nuclear-armed Iran would result in another cold war in the Middle East.


"They would either be attacked and there would be a war, or there would be a cold war in which Iran for the long term would be subject to these very intense economic sanctions and they would find that other nations in their region developed nuclear weapons," he said.


Hague urged against military action, although he said it was not ruled out as an option, The Telegraph reports.


"I don't think a wise thing at this moment is for Israel to launch a military attack on Iran," the paper quoted him, as saying.


"I think Israel like everyone else in the world should be giving a real chance to the approach we have adopted on very serious economic sanctions and economic pressure and the readiness to negotiate with Iran. That's what we need to make a success of," he added.


Hague also said that Britain's approach is 100 percent diplomatically and economically focused to bring Iran to the negotiating table. (ANI)


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