British PM open to military role in Iran

Published: Nov. 11, 2007 at 8:38 AM

LONDON, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says his country might participate if military action is taken against Iran's nuclear program.

In a Sky News interview, the Labor Party leader was asked if Britain would join a U.S.-led military intervention.

"People are genuinely worried about the nuclear ambitions of Iran. Nothing should be ruled out," Brown said. "Iran is breaking commitments made freely under the Non-Proliferation Treaty."

Brown made it clear in his first visit as prime minister to Washington earlier this year he wasn't as close to President George Bush as his predecessor Tony Blair, but suggested in the interview that Britain, France and Germany should side with the United States.

"It is to the advantage of everyone that France and Germany and the European Union are also moving more closely with America," Brown said.

Brown is scheduled to make his first foreign policy statement in London at the Lord Mayor's banquet Monday.