The Iranians’ impeccable logic to the British infidels was this: We will stop killing some of you in Iraq now, if you allow us to develop nukes unhindered, so we can kill many more of you later. “Iran ‘offered to halt attacks on UK troops’ in nuclear pact,” by Damien McElroy for the Telegraph, February 21 :
Iran offered to halt attacks on British soldiers deployed in Iraq in return for a secret pact that would enable it to continue its nuclear programme, a senior British diplomat has said.
Sir John Sawers, the British ambassador to the United Nations, revealed that Iranian officials openly acknowledged complicity in attacks that killed scores of British soldiers in southern Iraq.
In private talks in hotels around Europe, the unnamed Iranians floated a grand bargain that would have derailed efforts to impose sanctions on Iran to stop its covert nuclear programme.
“There were various Iranians who would come to London and suggest we had tea in some hotel or other,” Sir John tells the final part of a BBC documentary on the Islamic Republic’s relations with the West, to be broadcast on Saturday. “They’d do the same in Paris, they’d do the same in Berlin, and then we’d compare notes among the three of us.
“The Iranians wanted to be able to strike a deal whereby they stopped killing our forces in Iraq in return for them being allowed to carry on with their nuclear programme: ‘We stop killing you in Iraq, stop undermining the political process there, you allow us to carry on with our nuclear programme without let or hindrance‘.”
Iran supplied arms, training and strategic direction to Shia Muslim militias that were battling British forces for control of Basra and other southern cities. Iran supplied the militias with a deadly bomb, the shaped-charge explosive device, that required precision engineering at its military factories…
Regardless, NATO hopes to eventually enlist Iran’s aid in stabilizing Afghanistan.