LONDON — An attack on Iran would carry huge costs. Striking Iran could lead to a dangerous nuclear standoff in the Middle East. Striking at Iran’s disputed nuclear program would have enormous downsides. Britain’s foreign minister warned.
While allowing Iran to proceed with its nuclear program unchecked would lead to a Cold War-style arms race in the Middle East, with neighboring countries rushing to match the Iranian arsenal, we are very clear to all concerned that we are not advocating military action, he said. We couldn’t assume that a strike would be over quickly. There would be large scale and long-lasting repercussions. And so, the most serious round of nuclear proliferation since nuclear weapons were invented would have begun with all the destabilizing effects in the Middle East. That would be a disaster for world affairs.
Tensions over Iran’s nuclear program are running high. Israel, the U.S., Britain and others suspect that the Islamic Republic is using the program as cover for the manufacture of atomic weapons and observers fear that a pre-emptive strike may be in the works.