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Bush Considers Options On Iran Nuclear Policy

1 March 2005 -- The White House says President George W. Bush is considering different options to persuade Iran to end any ambitions to develop nuclear weapons.

Spokesman Scott McClellan said Bush is looking at ideas discussed last week during his visit to Europe.

France, Germany, and Britain -- acting on behalf of the European Union -- have been trying to persuade Iran to give up parts of its nuclear program that could aid a nuclear weapons program in return for trade and other benefits, including possible membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters yesterday that WTO membership could promote democratic development in a country like Iran.