Iran General NewsBush won't rule out Iran action over nukes

Bush won’t rule out Iran action over nukes

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Reuters: U.S. President George W. Bush says he will not rule out military action against Iran if that country is not more forthcoming about its suspected nuclear weapons programme. “I hope we can solve it diplomatically, but I will never take any option off the table,” Bush said in an interview with NBC News when asked if he would rule out the potential for military action against Iran “if it continues to stonewall the international community about the existence of its nuclear weapons program.” Reuters

WASHINGTON – U.S. President George W. Bush says he will not rule out military action against Iran if that country is not more forthcoming about its suspected nuclear weapons programme.

“I hope we can solve it diplomatically, but I will never take any option off the table,” Bush said in an interview with NBC News when asked if he would rule out the potential for military action against Iran “if it continues to stonewall the international community about the existence of its nuclear weapons program.”

Iran denies it has been trying to make nuclear weapons and says its nuclear program is geared solely to producing electricity.

Bush’s comments followed Pentagon criticism on Monday of a published report that it was mounting reconnaissance missions inside Iran to identify potential nuclear and other targets.

“The Iranian regime’s apparent nuclear ambitions and its demonstrated support for terrorist organizations is a global challenge that deserves much more serious treatment than Seymour Hersh provides in the New Yorker article titled “The Coming Wars,” the Pentagon’s chief spokesman, Lawrence DiRita, said in a statement.

Hersh’s article, published on Sunday, was “so riddled with errors of fundamental fact that the credibility of his entire piece is destroyed,” DiRita said.

Hersh reported Bush had signed a series of top-secret findings and executive orders authorizing secret commando groups and other Special Forces military units to conduct covert operations against suspected terrorist targets in as many as 10 nations in the Middle East and South Asia.

DiRita did not comment on that assertion.

He said Hersh’s sources fed him “rumour, innuendo, and assertions about meetings that never happened, programs that do not exist and statements by officials that were never made.”

Asked whether U.S. military forces had been conducting reconnaissance missions in Iran, Defence Department spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Barry Venable said, “We don’t discuss missions, capabilities or activities of Special Operations forces.”

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