World Bulletin / News Desk
Britain said on Friday it was opposed to a military strike on Iran "at this moment" over its nuclear programme, arguing sanctions were having an effect and diplomacy should be given time.
The comments followed a report by Britain's Guardian newspaper which said Britain had rebuffed U.S. plans to use its bases to support the build-up of troops in the Gulf, due to legal advice warning that a pre-emptive strike would be illegal.
The legal advice says Iran currently does not represent a "clear and present threat", according to the Guardian, which cited unnamed sources.
"The government does not believe military action against Iran is the right course of action at this moment, though no option is off the table," Prime Minister David Cameron's spokeswoman told reporters, declining to comment on the legal advice.
"We want to see the sanctions, which are starting to have some impact, working, and also engaging with Iran," she said.
The Guardian said Britain had not received a formal U.S. request to use its bases for a military build-up.
Talks between the West and Iran could take place after the Nov. 6 United States presidential election.
The appetite for conflict is low in cash-strapped Britain, as well as in the United States, after recent costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.Last Mod: 27 Ekim 2012, 14:30