UK authorities said "secret legal advice".states that any preemptive strike on Iran could be in breach of international law."
Inviolable international law isn't secret. Attacking any nonbelligerent state is naked aggression. Doing it is standard US policy. Britain usually rides shotgun. So why not now?
US "diplomats".also lobbied for the use of British bases in Cyrus, and for permission to fly from US bases on Ascension Island in the Atlantic and Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, both of which are British territories."
So far, UK officials reacted cooly. Iran poses no "clear and present threat," they said. At the same time, Britain's Royal Navy has a substantial regional presence. UK and Pentagon officials confer often on military strategy.
A Downing Street spokesperson said Britain and America are involved in "contingency planning. (W)e have in the past cooperated on the use of UK bases."
However, the Cameron " government does not believe that military action against Iran is the right option at this time, but we are not taking any option off the table."
The Guardian suggested that Downing Street perhaps is willing to go along once conflicts erupts, but prefers not participating in America's buildup.
A Foreign Office spokesman said:
" As we continue to make clear, the government does not believe military action against Iran is the right course of action at this time, although no option is off the table."
"We believe that the twin-track approach of pressure through sanctions, which are having an impact, and engagement with Iran is the best way to resolve the nuclear issue."
"We are not going to speculate about scenarios in which military action would be legal. That would depend on the circumstances at the time."
An unnamed State Department official added:
" The US and the UK coordinate on all kinds of subjects all the time, on a huge range of issues. We never speak on the record about these types of conversations."
Former US national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski expressed deep concerns about possible war on Iran and Syria. The idea that Washington can impose "a new order in the Middle East - through the forceful export of "democracy' to both Syria and Iran - is dangerous daydreaming."
Catastrophic consequences are more likely, he believes. "In this flammable setting, an American intervention in Syria or a military strike against Iran either by Israel or the US would be likely to set off a region-wide explosion."