Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Iran: President Bush calls reports America will attack Iran soon ridiculous.

"This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous," Bush told a news conference after talks with European Union (news - web sites) leaders. "Having said that, all options are on the table," he added, drawing laughter at a clear reference to military action."
But the EU is determined to show that their economic incentives will bring Iran to their side.
"Bush did not respond to a call by French President Jacques Chirac to stop blocking Tehran's candidacy for the World Trade Organization (news - web sites) or let it have civil aircraft engines. German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder told an EU-U.S. summit the three European powers were considering selling the Iranians an Airbus airliner as a sweetener to keep them at the table, with the prospect of more planes if they accepted a deal. He urged the United States to approve "intermediate steps" to make negotiating worthwhile for Iran, which has suspended disputed uranium enrichment activities during the talks. Schroeder also argued that Russia and China would only back eventual sanctions against Tehran in the U.N. Security Council if they were convinced the path of negotiations had first been exhausted, participants said."
China and Russia will never back sanctions against Tehran due to business interests and Schroeder knows this. Iran knows nothing will be done to them as long as they keep stringing along the Europeans, who will keep adding to the incentives because they are determined to show America the Chamberlain way is the right way.

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