Asked in relation to the UN meeting about the Americans having ruled out military action against Iran over the weekend, the PMOS said that what the Americans had done was to say, as we had, that all their energy and effort must go into the diplomatic route. This was what we would continue to do. We would be putting our energy into the diplomatic route, working with our EU partners and the US. As you could imagine there was a continuing conversation with all sides about where we went. The Foreign Secretary had made it clear that he was disappointed in what the Iranian President had said. The Foreign Secretary had not said anything he had not said before and therefore to suggest otherwise was to misrepresent the case.
In response to the suggestion that it was not wrong to represent the difference between London and Washington where the Americans had said they ruled nothing out, the PMOS said that the Prime Minister himself had said at his press conference on 12 May following those comments that what President Bush was saying was perfectly sensible that you could not take options off the table and that nobody was talking about invasions of Iran or military action against Iran. It was clear therefore that the Prime Minister had already dealt with this issue and as such it came under the heading of an old story. There was a new development, which was the new Iranian Government and that was where we were focusing. That focus, both in Washington and here, was on the diplomatic route.
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