18 Feb '12, 1am

Britain fears new Cold War over Iran

Britain fears new Cold War over Iran

LONDON: Iran's nuclear ambitions could trigger "a new Cold War" more perilous than that between the West and the Soviet Union, British Foreign Secretary warned on Friday. William Hague said Iran obtaining a nuclear bomb would spark an atomic arms race between rival Middle Eastern nations that could be more dangerous than the original Cold War because the old "safety mechanisms" are missing. "If (the Iranians) obtain nuclear weapons capability, then I think other nations across the Middle East will want to develop nuclear weapons," he told Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper. "The most serious round of nuclear proliferation since nuclear weapons were invented would have begun with all the destabilising effects in the Middle East," he continued. "And the threat of a new Cold War in the Middle East without necessarily all the safety mechanisms... would be a disaster in world ...

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