UK is open to all options over Iran

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Britain was not ruling out military action against Iran but was focused on trying to secure peaceful negotiations.

He insisted all options remained in relation to Tehran’s “increasingly dangerous” development of nuclear weapons.

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But he said the UK was intensifying sanctions in a bid to bring the Islamic republic to the negotiating table.

“We have never ruled anything out. We have not ruled out any option, or supporting any option,” he told Sky News.

“But we are not calling for or advocating military action. We are advocating meaningful negotiations, if Iran will enter into them, and the increasing pressure of sanctions to try to get some flexibility from Iran.”