Thursday, November 04, 2004 U.K. U.K.: "U.K.'s Straw Says Military Action Against Iran `Inconceivable'
Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. or Israeli military action against Iran's nuclear program would be `inconceivable' and unjustified, U.K. Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said.

``I don't see any circumstances in which military action would be justified against Iran, full stop,'' Straw said in London on British Broadcasting Corp.'s Today program.

Straw was seeking to allay concerns that the U.K. will follow U.S. President George W. Bush if he initiates military action against Iran following his re-election this week. Seventy-four percent of British voters disapprove of U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair's support for Bush in the Iraq conflict, according to an opinion poll taken Oct. 27-28 of 635 adult Britons by the company Communicate Research. No margin of error was given.

The European Union and Bush have differed over policy toward Iran's uranium-enrichment program. While Germany, Britain and France have sought negotiations to ensure Iran's program is peaceful, the U.S. has threatened to call for United Nations sanctions.

Israel may decide to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities, military analysts have said.

Straw said Germany, Britain and France are continuing to seek a ``constructive solution.'' He said, ``I can't give you the odds on that, but what I can say is that on each occasion the United States has supported the consensus.''

Iran plans to hold a third meeting with the three European countries in Paris tomorrow in a bid to reach a final agreement on the future of its nuclear program before the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency meets Nov. 25.

Iran agreed in 2003 to open its nuclear facilities to UN inspectors. The nation, which has the world's second-largest oil reserves, denies it is building a nuclear bomb and says nuclear technology is needed to generate power.

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