Bush Says Iran Will Not Get Nuclear Weapons

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    President Bush declared today that Iran will not get nuclear weapons. This position is an important reason to vote for him on 2 November. It appears that President Bush has the agreement of President Putin on this topic. The first story was reported by AFP and the second by UPI with input from Interfax. Iran says there are no negotiations scheduled with the US and called for discussions with the EU. The Iranian ploy is to create a wider division than already exists between the EU and the Americans on this issue.

    Bush Says Iran Will Not Get Nuclear Weapon
    CRAWFORD, Texas (AFP) Sep 26, 2004

    US President George W. Bush says "all options are on the table" for making sure Iran dismantles its nuclear program, and that Washington will never let Tehran acquire atomic weapons.
    "My hope is that we can solve this diplomatically," Bush said in a three-part interview with Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor" program, excerpts of which were made public on Sunday.
    "Let me try to solve it diplomatically first," said Bush. "All options are on the table, of course, in any situation. But diplomacy is the first option."
    The Bush administration has charged that oil-rich Iran does not need a civilian nuclear program for energy and that Tehran is actually seeking to acquire nuclear weapons.
    Asked whether the United States would let Iran develop that capability, Bush replied: "No, we've made it clear, our position is that they won't have a nuclear weapon."
    "We are working our hearts out so that they don't develop a nuclear weapon, and the best way to do so is to continue to keep international pressure on them," the president said.
    Iran appealed Sunday for a negotiated settlement to its standoff with the UN atomic energy watchdog but showed no inclination to abide by a resolution calling for an immediate halt to its sensitive nuclear activities.
    "No negotiations with the Americans are on the agenda, but we call on the Europeans to discuss with us," foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters.
    Iran is under threat of being hauled before the UN Security Council amid widespread suspicions it is seeking the capacity to develop nuclear weapons.
    In a resolution passed on September 18, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called on Iran to halt its uranium enrichment-related activities, a part of the nuclear fuel cycle that can be directed to both energy and weapons purposes


    Putin: Iran Doesn't Need Nukes

    MOSCOW, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Iran does not need nuclear weapons, Russian President Vladimir Putin said according to a Moscow Times report this weekend.
    "Possession of a nuclear bomb will not enhance Iran's security or regional security," the Russian president told the First World Congress of News Agencies Friday according to an Interfax news agency report carried by the Moscow Times.
    "Iran will not join the nuclear club," Putin said. "Russia is prepared to reassure the world community that Iran does not have such plans."
    However Putin also called on Iran's leaders to "meet the International Atomic Energy Authority halfway" in its calls to monitor the Iranian nuclear program.
    Russia has been building the Bushehr nuclear reactor in Iran as part of a multi-billion dollar deal.


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