Skip to comments.Bush: Iran has right to civilian nuclear program
Posted on 09/13/2005 2:40:42 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush on Tuesday said Iran had a right to a civilian nuclear program if it did not gain expertise or materials to build an atomic weapon.
The United States is concerned that Iran's nuclear program is aimed at producing weapons, and Bush said he would be "speaking candidly about Iran" with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who are gathering in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
"It is very important for the world to understand that Iran with a nuclear weapon will be incredibly destabilizing," Bush said at a news conference with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani. "And therefore we must work together to prevent them from having the wherewithal to develop a nuclear weapon."
Iran says it has every right to develop nuclear technology to generate electricity, while the United States and the European Union want the U.N. Security Council to take up Iran's case after it resumed uranium processing last month.
The United States last month explicitly accepted for the first time that Iran could develop civilian nuclear programs, backing an EU proposal to allow Tehran to pursue atomic power in exchange for giving up fuel work.
Well, I think he does. And I think almost everyone on this thread is overreacting and misunderstanding what the article says.
Pres. Bush is not changing his mind on the regime having nukes, and he knows they can't be trusted.
President Bush has gone crazy, I guess!
He is making a statement before Ahmadinejad gets to the UN and says that the US is preveting it from having nuclear energy like many other countries.
It's a pre-emptive statement to take the wind out of Ahmadinejad's sails.
I doubt this is the same President Bush I used to know!
I know they have. It's disgusting.
They have insisted that they have a civilian nuclear programme, and I thought a rational approach to that would be to allow them to receive enriched uranium from a third party under the guise of international inspections that will enable them to have civilian nuclear power without learning how to make a bomb, Bush said at a press conference with visiting Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
Some of us are wondering why they need civilian nuclear power anyway. They're awash with hydrocarbons, Bush said. Nevertheless, it's a right of a government to want to have a civilian nuclear programme.
But he said there ought to be guidelines. It is very important for the world to understand that Iran with a nuclear weapon will be incredibly destabilising, Bush said. And therefore we must work together to prevent them from having the wherewithal to develop a nuclear weapon.
And, it's a pre-emptive statement for the Iranian people. To let them know that it isn't nukes for elec. that we have a problem with, so Ahmadinejad can't use that on the Iranian people, either.
Maybe if he's REeeal nice to them they'll be good.
Is that Kerry or Bush?
u r making me laugh!
"Vote for me".
You'd need a catchier name.
Course the Pentagon DID just announce that if a hair on the head of a US city gets harmed by a nuke somebody is going to get nuked back... that was what, last weekend? I guess that would be the bad cop?
Has Bush blinked yet again?
This would be the most monumtental blink yet.
Any President who allows Iran to develop nukes is a failure.
If it became a democray, THEN it can have a civilian nuclear program.
That I agree!
Bush sounds like Jimmy Carter.
Not off to a good second term start.
"Dont buy unnecessary gas'
"Iran can have nukes".
I stand by my tagline.