British Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, has drawn up a dossier to rule out military attack against Iran, writes a British Sunday newspaper in its front page. In a 200- page dossier, contrary to the one delivered two years ago on Iraq, Jack Straw makes a case for a “negotiated solution” to curb Iran’s suspected nuclear ambition, reports the Sunday Times. The document calls for a peaceful solution through diplomacy led by Britain, France and Germany and believes it would be in the “best interest of Iran as well as the international community”.
Amid fear that US hawks may draw President Bush into another war in the Middle East, Mr. Straw is going to press his points in a meeting with Condoleezza Rice, the incoming secretary of state, on Monday in Washington.
The dossier entitled ‘Iran’s nuclear program’ was rapidly issued in the House of Commons on the eve of President Bush’s inauguration last week for fear of provoking a public rift with Washington, said the Sunday Times.
In an opinion poll for the Sunday Times 65% of people said Britain should not support US military action against Iran, whereas 16% were in favour of such action.
In an interview with Farda, Turi Monthe, the Middle East analyst in the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a defence ministry think tank, said:
“When policies are made in US as well as in Britain, there are invariably a number of options put forward which are developed at a certain point before decisions are taken. Clearly on one side there is real hope that diplomacy can achieve something in the US-Iran debacle, while other options are also being pursued.”
In response to a question on ‘which view is more likely to prevail’, he said: “…the US together with UN and various European countries are involved in the slow process of reforms and negotiations … but this is clearly the carrot, the stick is military strike, and the stick has somehow more credibility because it has been used against Iraq.”
However Turi Monthe believes “there is a sense across the region that this President is not going to wage more wars and launch more offensives in the Middle East.”