MI6 chief: We need intelligence operations to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons

Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) chief John Sawers addresses a live televised gathering of academics, officials and editors in London October 28, 2010. Britain's top spy makes the first public speech by a serving UK espionage chief on Thursday, a step towards greater openness for an intelligence service that for most of the 20th century did not officially exist.



MI6 chief: We need intelligence operations to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons


[propaganda alert]


1) MI6 chief: We need intelligence operations to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons (28 October 2010)

2) UK Foreign Minister: We will continue to lead the way in imposing tighter sanctions on Iran (6 October 2010)




“The risks of failure in this area are grim. Stopping nuclear proliferation cannot be addressed purely by conventional diplomacy. We need intelligence-led operations to make it more difficult for countries like Iran to develop nuclear weapons.”

[MI6 Chief Sir John Sawers’ “Britain's Secret Frontline” speech to the Society of Editors, Canary Wharf, London, 28 October 2010. This is the first ever public speech by a serving Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS).] [1]


“[A]s long as the Iranian nuclear programme is pursued in defiance of the world and without a clear peaceful purpose, this country will continue to lead the way, as we did this summer, in imposing tighter sanctions on Iran both at the United Nations and in the European Union. Those sanctions are beginning to bite”

[UK Foreign Minister William Hague's speech at the annual Conservative Party Conference, Birmingham, 6 October 2010] [2]



[1] Britain’s Secret Frontline

Foreign and Commonwealth Office website, 28 October 2010


[2] William Hague: Sovereignty clause will enshrine key principle

Conservative Party website, 6 October 2010

http://www.conservatives.com/News/Speeches/2010/10/William_Hague_Sover eignty_clause_will_enshrine_key_principle.aspx


from the archives:

UK’s new Prime Minister: An Iran free from nuclear weapons is vital to our security

Dandelion Salad, 26 May 2010

http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2010/05/26/uk%E2%80%99s-new-prime- minister-an-iran-free-from-nuclear-weapons-is-vital-to-our-security/

William Hague: I have Iran in my sights

Hague pledges to re-engage in Middle East peace process if the Tories win

The Jewish Chronicle, 29 April 2010

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/31180/william-hague-i-have-iran-my-s ights

Averting the Iranian Nuclear Flashpoint

Foreign Secretary David Miliband writes in the International Herald Tribune on Iran’s nuclear programme

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website, 27 March 2010


British intelligence services accuse Iran of designing nuclear warhead

Dandelion Salad, 30 September 2009

http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2009/09/30/british-intelligence-se rvices-accuse-iran-of-designing-nuclear-warhead/

UK: New sanctions on Iran is a priority – Israel: Time is running out

Dandelion Salad, 25 August 2009

http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/uk-new-sanctions-on-ira n-is-a-priority-israel-time-is-running-out/

UK Foreign Minister Miliband: The long thesis of the conspiracy by foreign powers against Iran is peddled vociferously by the regime

Dandelion Salad, 19 June 2009



Long history of Anglo-American covert provocation and action in Iran

by Steve Watson, Global Research, 3 April 2007