Bush: Threat of World War III if Iran goes nuclear
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush warned on Wednesday a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to World War III as he tried to shore up international opposition to Tehran amid Russian skepticism over its nuclear ambitions.
Bush was speaking a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has resisted Western pressure to toughen his stance over Iran's nuclear program, made clear on a visit to Tehran that Russia would not accept any military action against Iran.
At a White House news conference, Bush expressed hope Putin would brief him on his talks in Tehran and said he would ask him to clarify recent remarks on Iran's nuclear activities.
Putin said last week that Russia, which is building Iran's first atomic power plant, would "proceed from the position" that Tehran had no plans to develop nuclear weapons but he shared international concerns that its nuclear programs "should be as transparent as possible."
Sweet Jesus on a rocket sled. Thanks for posting this but it's so...
...depressing. I have never, could never have, imagined how far down the tubes this whole country could go in less than a decade.
the administration had stepped up its rhetoric to another level.
Hillary Mann, a former White House official focusing on the Middle East, told Al Jazeera that Bush's comments signalled that the administration had stepped up its rhetoric to another level.
She said the new definition of threat - nuclear knowledge - was in line with the Israeli position.
Bush said he wanted Putin to explain his statement last week after meeting Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, that Russia had no information about Iran's bomb-making intentions.
"I look forward to having him clarify those [comments]," Bush said.
"Because when I visited with him, he [said he] understands that it's in the world's interests to make sure that Iran does not have the capacity to make a nuclear weapon."
The sticking point is Iran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, which the West maintains could be diverted towards making a nuclear bomb.
Iran insists it wants to generate electricity, but the United Nations has so far imposed two sets of sanctions on the country over its nuclear programme.
Given the graphical response to...
Dr. Paul's comments on the the issue of preemptive war (nuclear or otherwise), it appears that the hope for our future squarely rests on the shoulders of our country's independents: