Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Bush: Nuclear-Armed Iran Would Be 'Incredibly Dangerous for World Peace'

By VOA News
10 June 2008

U.S. President George Bush has again warned Iran that it faces international isolation unless it suspends its nuclear enrichment program.

Speaking in Slovenia at his final summit with European Union leaders, Mr. Bush stressed the dangers the world faces if Iran develops a nuclear weapon. He told reporters now is the time for all nations to work together to halt the Iranian program.

The president thanked EU countries for their support in Iraq and Afghanistan and said discussions also included Zimbabwe, Darfur, Burma, and relations with Cuba. He also backed Turkey's efforts to gain EU membership

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, noted continued differences on such issues as climate change. But he confirmed the readiness of both sides to work together in dealing with the issue.

Mr. Bush said he believes an agreement on climate change can be reached before he leaves office in January.

The participants then viewed a performance featuring Slovenia's world-famous Lipizzaner stallions before the U.S. president's departure for Germany.

Mr. Bush's visit there coincides with the 60th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, which provided U.S. reconstruction aid to Europe after World War II, and the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift. The U.S., British and French operation to bring much-needed supplies into the western half of the divided German city, which had been cut off by a Soviet blockade.

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