جمعه ۱ بهمن ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۲۲:۰۳ - ۲۰ ژانویه ۲۰۱۷
Following talks between Jack Straw, the British foreign secretary and his future counterpart, Condoleezza Rice in Washington Donald Anderson, the head of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee in London told Radio Farda that Britain is not going to act on its own in negotiations with Iran. The entire weight of European Union is behind Britain’s decision in order to stop Iran’s non-peaceful nuclear activities, he said. In response to how far does he thinks Mr. Straw was able to convince the US to follow the European line towards Iran, Donald Anderson said: “It is not the question of convincing them, I believe. But he would clearly tell them that the European approach is totally different from theirs.” He continued to say that in his view this difference of opinion is not something new and has always existed between Europe and U.S.
When he was asked does the British government believe that diplomacy could solve this issue, he said: “We don’t believe that it could. We are only hoping that it would work.”
He told Farda that in their negotiations with Iran they are not acting as a single county. Rather they are throwing the whole weight of EU behind this deal and are hoping that the end result would be satisfactory.
He emphasised that Britain and Europe are not supporting a military action against Iran. Nor they agree with an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear installations like the one on Iraq in 1981.