Oil can't blind UK to terror, says Browne

 A day after a bomb attack on an Israeli diplomat’s car in New Delhi that alluded to fallout of an Israel-Iran standoff, Britain has said that it cannot be blinded by the Gulf country’s rich oil reserves to its potential for terror.

Though Iran is an ancient civilization with vast energy resources, “we do have very severe problems with Iranian regimes; they sponsor terrorism and I am sure India understands the terrible consequences of terrorism,” the visiting UK Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Jeremy Browne said.

Interacting at a meeting here on Tuesday evening, organized by the British Deputy High Commission and the Madras Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Browne also criticised the abuse of human rights by the Iranian regime, saying “they are at the bad end of the scale.”

Stating that Britain had an Embassy even in North Korea but not in Iran , until a couple of months ago when protestors overran the Embassy (prompting withdrawal of the diplomatic mission), Browne said his country did not want a nuclear arms race .

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