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Bush refuses to rule out nuclear strike on Iran

London Telegraph | April 19 2006

President George W Bush has refused to rule out a nuclear strike on Iran as diplomats from the world's major powers met to respond to Teheran's defiance over its atomic programme.

Asked at the White House if his administration was planning for the possibility of a nuclear strike against Iran's atomic research facilities, Mr Bush said: "All options are on the table." But he added: "We want to solve this issue diplomatically and we're working hard to do so."

American officials are reported to be discussing the possibility of nuclear strikes on Iran, fearful that if it were to develop nuclear weapons it could threaten Israel. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's president who has vowed to "wipe Israel off the map", said yesterday that Iran's army was like a "meteorite" that would defeat any attack against the country.

It will cut off the hand of any aggressor and leave the enemy covered in shame," he said. Mr Ahmadinejad boasted last week that Iranian scientists had enriched uranium to the level needed for nuclear fuel. Diplomats from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany were meeting in Moscow last night to map out their strategy if Teheran fails to halt enrichment activity.


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