As a result, providing assistance to U.S. forces potentially
involved in a strike on Iran would violate international law, according to the Guardian.
“The UK would be in breach of international law if it
facilitated what amounted to a pre-emptive strike on Iran," said a British
defense official. “It is explicit. The government has been using this to push
back against the Americans.”
The Obama administration has not made a formal request to
the British government for military access. U.K. officials said they did not
believe there was any movement toward a conflict, but that the United States
was exploring the “British position” on the use of bases.
Pentagon officials did not immediately respond to request
for comment on the report. A U.S. State Department official told the Guardian: "The U.S. and the U.K.
co-ordinate 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."
The Obama administration says it wants a diplomatic solution
to the Iranian nuclear dispute, although President Obama has said he will not
rule out using military force to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Iran insists that its
nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, while the United States and its
allies suspect Iran is seeking nuclear weapons.