Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Bush ignores US intelligence report about Iran

Defiant Bush says Iran still poses a threat

Ewen MacAskill in Washington

Wednesday December 5, 2007
The Guardian


US president George Bush speaks during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC.
US president George Bush speaks during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images


President George Bush insisted yesterday that US foreign policy towards Iran will remain unchanged in spite of an American intelligence report confirming the country had halted its nuclear weapons programme in 2003.

Bush, at a hastily-organised White House press conference, said: "Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous, and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon."

But a major re-evaluation of policy towards Iran is under way in capitals round the world in light of the report.

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