Bush prods allies for tougher stance on Iran




KRANJ, Slovenia -- U.S. President George W. Bush is calling on Europe to help the United States prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, calling the threat an incredible danger to world peace.

Speaking in Slovenia at his final European Union-U.S. summit, Bush said Iran has the choice of facing isolation or having better relations with everyone.

He added that the United States and its European allies should work together to make sure that choice is abundantly clear.

Bush spoke as he and EU leaders were poised to threaten Iran with further economic sanctions unless it verifiably suspends its nuclear enrichment.

Iran denies allegations by Washington and a number of its allies that it is trying to develop nuclear weapons.

However, it refuses to halt enrichment aimed at completing the fuel cycle for its nuclear reactors, an activity allowed under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Uranium enrichment which can generate both nuclear fuel and, if taken to a much higher level, fissile material for the core of nuclear warheads. Iran insists that it has only civilian uses in mind for its nuclear program.

But Bush said Iran "can't be trusted with enrichment.''

Iran must fully disclose any nuclear work and allow the International Atomic Energy Agency to verify that work, he said.

If Iran ends up with a nuclear weapons, "the free world is going to say why didn't we do something about it at the time? ... Now's the time for there to be strong diplomacy,'' he said.

Iran has already refused to give in despite three earlier sets of UN Security Council sanctions.

On global warming, Bush declared, "I think we can actually get an agreement on global climate change during my presidency.''

But he said no global warming agreement can be effective without China and India.

The United States and many of its allies are at odds over how climate strategy should include developing countries and over mandatory emission reductions, among other sticking points.

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U.S., Europe threaten more sanctions on Iran over uranium enrichment


The United States and European Union (EU) countries agreed Tuesday that more needs to be done to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons through its uranium enrichment program.

At a summit in Slovenia attended by EU leaders and U.S. President George W. Bush, a final statement says the U.S. and Europe could impose more financial sanctions on Tehran unless it takes verifiable steps to suspend enrichment of uranium at a top secret underground facility in the centre of the country.

The statement said Washington and the EU would work to ensure that "Iranian banks cannot abuse the international banking system to support proliferation and terrorism."
Speaking Tuesday as the summit ended, Bush said a nuclear-armed Iran would be an immense threat to global security.

"They can either face isolation, or they can have better relations with all of us," Bush said of the government in Tehran, arguing that Iran "can't be trusted with enrichment [of uranium]."
IAEA wants more access

Iran is under fire for defying three sets of UN Security Council sanctions and continuing to enrich uranium which can generate both nuclear fuel and the fissile material for the core of nuclear warheads. Iran has also stonewalled attempts by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN's nuclear agency, to delve into allegations that several Iranian projects appear to represent different components of a nuclear weapons program.

Iran insists that it has only civilian uses in mind for its nuclear pursuits. The new statement from the United States and the EU says that beyond the UN resolutions against Iran, "we are ready to supplement those sanctions with additional measures."

Bush's administration has long wanted tougher action against Tehran, and there has been talk of military strikes against Iranian scientific and military facilities. Israeli officials have warned no options can be ruled out to protect the Jewish state from Iranian aggression, if international efforts to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions don't succeed.

Germany has led European efforts to convince Iran to take international concerns about its nuclear program seriously.

It was unclear whether the freshly stated concern over Iranian banks meant that Europeans had signed on for the kind of tough measures the U.S. favours, such as banning business with Iranian banks, or merely represented a repeat of previous calls for closer monitoring of dealings with Tehran.
Iran attack fears

Germany's former foreign minister, Joshka Fischer of the Green party, warned this week that the U.S. and Israel risked destabilizing the Middle East even further if they took part in, or condoned, any sort of military action against Iran.

The European Union is a political and economic coalition of 27 countries that works to promote security and commerce across the Continent. Bush's summit with its leaders, part of his last trip to Europe as U.S. president, also covered Afghanistan, climate change, Mideast peace and even a U.S.-Europe flap over transatlantic trade in chickens.

The EU has banned the import of U.S. chickens for 11 years because of concerns about chemicals used in processing poultry.

Bush flies on from Slovenia for an evening meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and will also visit the Vatican, Italy, France, Britain and Northern Ireland.

Before he left for Germany, Bush fielded an array of questions from journalists outside the Austro-Hungarian-era palace in Slovenia where the U.S.-EU summit was held.

On climate change, he said he hoped to reach a global agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions during the remaining months of his presidency, "but it has to include India and China."

Bush essentially ruled out government intervention to prop up the ailing U.S. dollar, under pressure from rising oil prices and the subprime mortgage crisis in the United States.

The American people have no stomach for "justice" and are the furthest thing from a nation of people subscribing to a "system of laws", if they were, George W. Bush would be impeaced and several members of his government would be facing criminal charges.

Is it any surprise to anyone that the findings of the Iraq investigations were nearly totally absent from American TV?

A criminal nation run by criminals and gangsters.
What Mikey said............
Why can't Shrub just give up? No one believes their espionage reports any more, he is a lame duck heading nowhere, and his threats are without substance. I guess his iq is so low that he can't comprehend the facts.
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Why can't Shrub just give up? No one believes their espionage reports any more, he is a lame duck heading nowhere, and his threats are without substance. I guess his iq is so low that he can't comprehend the facts.

Regardless of what everybody thinks of him, how unfounded his remarks are, how untrustworthy he is, and how much of a total idiot he is (I agree with you all on that one) that still won't stop him from deciding to seek military action... hell, it didn't stop him before from doing what he wanted and he still has a few months left in power.... regardless of how many actually believe him this time, he still has plenty of opportunity to make a few strikes or declare war on Iran before he leaves office and pass it off to the next President.

It's not about how many people believe what he is saying, the big problem is that he himself almost believes what he is spewing, just like his mentality in Iraq, and he and/or Israel don't seem to have a problem with taking action before actual solid information is available..... and that's the overall bigger danger. They won't get a bunch of countries on their side of this argument without some solid evidence, Iran's not giving it to them, they themselves can not find the information/evidence..... so instead of trying to tell us how it is, chances are they'll just take action and dictate to us how it's going to be.

And then just like how we all got sucked into Afghanistan and Iraq to try and fix what they screwed up, we'll all be sucked into this Iran conflict doing the exact same thing, which is continually trying to patch up what the US and Israel screwed up with their run'n'gun cowboy attitudes..... all at the same time patting them on the back, telling them that it's ok that there was no WMD's or Nuclear Weapon Development evidence that they claimed there was..... we'll just fix all the problems they created like we always end up doing.

I love the fact that he commented in regards to Iran seeking Nuclear Weapons as:

"....calling the threat an incredible danger to world peace."

^ Since Bush became President, exactly which country has devided the world and continually threatened "World Peace" on a continual basis based on their own actions?
Last edited by Praxius; Jun 10th, 2008 at 02:00 PM..

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