A new report by the Daily Mail indicates that the United States and Britain are working together to draft a plan to attack Iran as evidence of new nuclear weapons capabilities in the Middle Eastern country arises.
Senior officials in the UK government told the British newspaper Wednesday night the two countries are working on a joint plan to attack the nation after a report emerged that Iran currently possesses enough enriched uranium for four nuclear weapons.
The fast-moving developments came on the heels of Wednesday's news that Israel had successfully test-fired a rocket that has the ability to strike Iran with a nuclear warhead.
A spokesman for the British Ministry of Defense declined to confirm the report.
The British government believes that a dual-track strategy of pressure and engagement is the best approach to address the threat from Iran's nuclear program and avoid regional conflict, the spokesman told the Daily Mail. We want a negotiated solution - but all options should be kept on the table.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly stated that the country's nuclear program is aimed only at peaceful ends such as creating nuclear power, but Israeli leaders are stepping up their calls for military intervention as Iran has become newly aggressive - and we are not sure why, a British government official told the Daily Mail.
US President Barack Obama has stated that Iran's nuclear ambitions remain a threat, but rounds of sanctions against the Middle Eastern state appear to have done little to curb its nuclear program.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has plans to release intelligence it has gathered on Tehran's nuclear program amid growing calls by the U.S., England and France, the Daily Mail reported, but Russia and China are working to block such a move. A recent report has shown that China has continued to supply Iran with conventional weaponry.
Ahmadinejad has threatened to wipe Israel off the map in the past and has promised grave consequences if his nation is attacked.