Blair rules out nuclear strike on Iran

Published May 8th, 2006 - 02:44 GMT

British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Monday ruled out an invasion of Iran and said any suggestion of a nuclear strike on the country was "absolutely absurd".

 

"I don't know anybody who has even talked or contemplated the prospect of a nuclear strike on Iran. That would be absolutely absurd," Blair told a regular monthly news conference.

 

According to Reuters, Blair also dismissed speculations that his decision to axe Foreign Minister Jack Straw last week was related to the Iranian crisis. "The idea I moved Jack because of Iran ... because the Americans objected to him ... (is) rubbish," Blair said.

 

"Any notion that it is linked to a decision about invading Iran -- which incidentally we are not going to do -- any notion that it is linked to such a decision is utterly absurd."

 

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