Iran cannot have nuclear weapons: US, Germany

20th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

20 December 2005, WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush said Monday that the U.S. remains committed to diplomacy to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, but stressed that "we cannot allow" the Iranians to develop uranium enrichment capacity.

20 December 2005

WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush said Monday that the U.S. remains committed to diplomacy to keep Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, but stressed that "we cannot allow" the Iranians to develop uranium enrichment capacity.

Bush said recent remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad casting doubt on the Holocaust and suggesting Israel be moved to Europe underscored the need to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power.

"I know this: People know that an Iran with the capacity to manufacture a nuclear weapon is not in the world's interest," he told a year-end news conference at the White House.

The United States has left the lead to the European Union in talks aimed at getting Iran to give up its nuclear programme. Iran has balked, and after Ahmadinejad's comments Bush called the country a "real threat".

"Of course, we want this to be solved diplomatically, and we want the Iranians to hear a unified voice," he said Monday.

Britain, France and Germany have been leading the European negotiations.

German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung met with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday in Washington and told reporters afterwards that he confirmed the countries' common position that under no circumstances should Iran be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

Jung also had his first meeting with U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld since Germany's new conservative-led government took office last month.

Iran says its nuclear programme is aimed at civilian power generation and denies Washington's charges that the purpose is to develop nuclear arms.

Bush portrayed Iran's efforts to enrich uranium as part of a weapons programme. "And so therefore, we cannot allow the Iranians to have the capacity to enrich," he said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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