Nuclear threat from Iran ‘more advanced than ever before’ warns James Cleverly

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Secretary of State James Cleverly has warned that the threat from Iran’s nuclear program is “more advanced than ever before”.

Speaking at an international security conference in Bahrain on Saturday, Mr Cleverly accused the Tehran regime of spreading “bloodshed and destruction” around the world.

He warned that weapons supplied by Iran pose a threat to security in the Middle East and beyond, pointing to the Iranian-made attack drones used by Russia to attack Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure as an example of its influence.

“Weapons supplied by Iran threaten the entire region,” the Braintree MP told the Manama Dialogue.

“Today, Iran’s nuclear program is more advanced than ever before, and the regime has resorted to selling to Russia the armed drones that kill civilians in Ukraine.

“As their people demonstrate against decades of oppression, Iran’s rulers spread bloodshed and destruction as far as Kiev.

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“Britain is determined to work with our friends to counter the Iranian threat, ban the smuggling of conventional weapons and prevent the regime from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

Following his attendance at the conference, Mr Cleverly will travel to Qatar where he will attend England’s opening match against Iran.

The meeting comes at a time of heightened tensions with the regime.

Earlier this week, the UK imposed a new round of sanctions against Iranian officials in connection with its brutal crackdown on protests that erupted following the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, after she was detained for allegedly disobeying directives. the country had not followed. Islamic dress code.

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Meanwhile, MI5 director-general Ken McCallum has revealed that Iranian intelligence agents have targeted individuals in the UK whom they consider to be enemies of the regime.

He said the security agency had identified at least 10 such potential threats since January, including “ambitions” to kidnap or even kill.

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