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British foreign secretary warns of Iran's risk of "new Cold War"


14:47, February 19, 2012

LONDON, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that Iran's "pursuit of weapons of mass destruction" is a threatening to trigger a "new Cold War" in the Middle East.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Foreign Secretary said that Iran is threatening to spark a nuclear arms race in the Middle East which could be more dangerous than the original East-West Cold War as there are not the same "safety mechanisms" in place.

Hague told the newspaper there was a "crisis coming down the tracks."

"If [the Iranians] obtain nuclear weapons capability, then I think other nations across the Middle East will want to develop nuclear weapons.

"And so, the most serious round of nuclear proliferation since nuclear weapons were invented would have begun with all the destabilizing effects in the Middle East," he said.

Hague's comments come amid heightened tensions in the Middle East, with Israel accusing Iran of masterminding attacks on its embassies in India, Thailand and Georgia. Iran denies the allegations.


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Canada at 2012-02-2070.36.49.*
If Western forces stopped demonizing & threatening Iran they wouldn"t feel the need for nuclear weapons for self defence.
romanov at 2012-02-2080.94.16.*
2012-2-19.Hypocritical cry.British"s not to be able to reconciled with Iran former colony.Myth"s nuclear weapon.Yep!Remember!G.Bush assure world of to have chemical weapon Iraq.Bush to lie.Western tactic lie and attack sovereign country on base false charge.
McCarthy at 2012-02-19206.125.64.*
This sounds like the Chicken Little story. The sky is falling! Israel has an undisclosed amount of nuclear devices and no nation in the middle east is in an arms race. This constant war mongering by the United States, Britain and Israel is packed with propaganda combined with out right lies. An Iran with nuclear weapons might be a stabilizing factor offsetting Israeli domination and the United States war machine.

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