Iran will announce a major military buildup at its upcoming summit, the U.S. and European Union say.
But the country’s most powerful leaders are also pushing back, warning that the country faces “bitter” cold.
“There is nothing like the bitter cold, which makes a buzzing announcement to people in Tehran on the day of the summit,” U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday in an interview with CNN.
May, a staunch ally of Iran, has already signaled that she may seek to block a U.N. Security Council resolution that would lift sanctions imposed on the country over its nuclear program, according to a Reuters report.
But her statement Friday indicates she is not as adamant about holding off on an announcement that would be expected to be seen as a sign of U.C.N.-led pressure on Iran.
“I think it would be wise to have a very clear statement, I would say in the coming days, from the prime minister,” May said, adding that a decision on the timing of the announcement would be taken after discussions between the U and European nations.
A senior U.P. official told Axios that the U of P and the EU will jointly publish an “outline” on Iran’s military buildup next week.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said the document would be released in coming days.
The U.U.P.’s first formal comment on the threat of a major buildup was issued on June 25, with the Foreign Ministry warning that it “will not be in the least bit deterred from launching a military offensive in the near future if it can be guaranteed that it won’t provoke Iran into a nuclear conflict.”
The statement, issued just hours after the U, U.A., and EU released a joint statement calling for a “global approach” to curb Iran’s nuclear program and Iran’s ballistic missile program, also suggested that the threat could have “adverse implications” for the G20 summit.
The statement also said that Iran is “seeking to undermine the nuclear deal and use its ballistic missile capability to threaten its neighbors and the world,” and warned that it could “pursue military action against the U.’s allies.”