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."- Advertisement -
The Guardian suggested that Downing Street perhaps is willing to go along once conflicts erupts, but prefers not participating in America's buildup.- Advertisement -
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."- Advertisement -
"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: