Cameron ‘misspeaks’: Says Iran has N-bomb, UK jr to US

In a series of embarrassing gaffes, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron gave his critics a chance to get back at him for what Downing Street called were ‘misspeaks.’

Last Updated: Aug 06, 2010, 00:02 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

London: In a series of embarrassing gaffes, the UK Prime Minister David Cameron gave his critics a chance to get back at him for what Downing Street called were ‘misspeaks.’

In of his public meetings called ‘PM Direct’ at Hove, East Sussex, Cameron said Iran had a nuclear bomb. While answering why he supported Turkey’s admission to European Union, Cameron said he hoped the step would help solve some of the problems “like the Middle East peace process, like the fact that Iran has got a nuclear weapon".

Labour Party seized the chance and said Cameron was becoming a "foreign policy klutz".

Shadow Europe Minister Chris Bryant said: "This is less of a hiccup, more of a dangerous habit.

"Considering Iran`s nuclear ambitions constitute one of the most important foreign policy challenges facing us all, it is not just downright embarrassing that the prime minister has made this basic mistake, it`s dangerous."
10, Downing Street later explained the PM "misspoke” and that Cameron had meant to say that Iran appears to be trying to pursue a nuclear programme.

Before this incident, the PM was berated by a 75 year old woman who said Cameron had denigrated his own country by calling UK a junior partner to the US in 1940s. Kathy Finn, a retired telephonist, asked him, “Who do you consider was the senior partner in the Battle of Britain when we were fighting alone in the first two and a half years of the war?"

Cameron had to clarify.

"There was no senior partner. We were on our own in 1940... what I meant to say was that I was referring to the 1940s, not 1940.

"You are absolutely right and I was absolutely wrong."

Finn regretted voting for him.

This marks days after his “Pak should stop exporting terror” remark in India came under fire.