Bush Seeks Russian Help to Ensure Iran Gets No Nuclear Weapons
MosNews | September 14, 2005
U.S. President George W. Bush said that he would try to rally China and Russia this week behind possible UN action to ensure Iran does not get nuclear weapons, the AFP news agency reports.
“Iran with a nuclear weapon will be incredibly destabilizing. And therefore, we must work together to prevent them from having the wherewithal to develop a nuclear weapon,” he said at the White House after meeting Iraq's president.
Bush stopped short of saying that seeking UN sanctions was inevitable, pointing instead to the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is set to take up the issue in a Sept. 19 meeting. He said Washington's ambassador to the IAEA would push for “full disclosure about Iranian intentions” in order for the UN Security Council to “determine the right policy to go forward.”
Bush is to meet at the White House on Sept. 16 with President Vladimir Putin of Russia, which has been helping Iran develop a civilian nuclear program that Washington charges is a cover for a quest to acquire atomic weapons.
“I will bring the subject up with leaders whom I'll be meeting with today and tomorrow and later on this week. I will be speaking candidly about Iran with Hu Jintao, as well as with President Putin, for example,” said Bush.
Russia and China have the power, as permanent council members, to veto sanctions.
Speaking at a White House appearance with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Bush said Iran had a right to a civilian nuclear program but questioned why the oil-rich Islamic republic needed it. And he stressed that there should be guidelines with one set out in a way “that they don't gain the expertise necessary to be able to enrich” uranium, a key step towards getting a nuclear weapon.