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Bush Firm On Iranian Nuclear Program

27 June 2005 (RFE/RL) - U.S. President George W. Bush said today that the recent Iranian presidential election has not changed his view that it would be "unacceptable" for Tehran to obtain a nuclear weapon or the ability to make one.

Bush spoke at a White House news conference today as he met with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

Bush said his administration will continue to support Britain, France, and Germany in their diplomatic push to ensure that Tehran does not get nuclear weapons.

"My message to the chancellor is that we continue working with Great Britain, France, and Germany to send a focused, concerted, unified message that says the development of a nuclear weapon is unacceptable and a process which would enable Iran to develop a nuclear weapon is unacceptable," Bush said.

Bush also commented about the recent Iranian presidential balloting. He said an election is never free and fair when an unelected group of people gets to decide who is on the ballot.

Hard-line Tehran Mayor Mahmud Ahmadinejad beat former Iranian President Ali-Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani in a second-round runoff on 24 June. (For more on Iran's presidential vote, click here.)


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