London - British government ministers are discussing
what role the country could play in a possible military confrontation
in the Middle East over Iran's nuclear programme, the BBC reported on Wednesday.
are considering whether any involvement from Britain would be legal if
talks with Iran break down and Israel bombs Iran's nuclear facilities.
Such a move risks starting a wider war in the region and a closure of
the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil-shipping sea lane, the report said.
is examining a number of options, from diplomatic support for Israel to
the involvement of Britain's Royal Navy in the region, according to the
Britain's Foreign Office was not immediately available for comment.
powers are meeting in Baghdad on Wednesday for talks on Tehran's
nuclear programme and officials said the Western-led coalition was ready
to make an offer on a way forward if Iran showed willingness to curb
its nuclear programme in a transparent way.
The UN nuclear agency
director said on Tuesday he expected to sign a deal soon to unblock an
investigation into suspected Iranian nuclear work following a trip to