Following the British reopening of its embassy in Tehran, a British MP has accused the UK government this week of supporting an “aggressive” Iranian regime. Conservative MP Guto Bebb criticized the British government for supporting the Iranian deal “at the expense of our long term allies in the region.”
In an interview with Tazpit, Bebb described UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s hopes for Iran as a reformable regime as “misguided.”
The Aberconwy MP, who called for a parliamentary debate in June to discuss the Iranian nuclear deal then under discussion, added that the latitude given to the Iranian government would have been unacceptable to the UK government a year ago.
Bebb stated that he advocated the continuation of sanctions which he said were proving to be effective measures against Iranian aggression.
Rejecting Philip Hammond’s parliamentary remarks that the deal represented a victory for diplomacy and assurances to Prime Minister Netanyahu in July that it removes the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon, Bebb told Tazpit that he is amazed “that the Foreign Secretary seems to consider this a success story; his predecessor Liam Fox considers this to be completely unacceptable.”
Furthermore, he predicted that the deal will likely result in a nuclear arms race in the region beginning with Saudi Arabia. Recounting meetings with representatives of British allies in the region, Bebb claimed that they had all expressed concern for any deal which provides Iran with too much flexibility.
While expressing his concern for Israel’s security, Bebb insisted that fears of a nuclear arms race was not restricted to Israel and that the debate he called “was not an issue for Israel alone.”
Addressing Israel, the MP told Tazpit that it is important to “understand the difference between a peaceful and democratic state that is trying to live within its own borders and Iran that will use its nuclear capacity to dominate the middle east.”
In July 2014, the British Conservative Friends of Israel, of which Bebb is a member, issued a statement decrying the economic sanctions relief which, they said will serve to embolden terror groups funded by Iran.
By Alexander Apfel
Tazpit News Agency