Bush 'would understand' attack on Iran

Bush reportedly tells Chirac, "We cannot rule [Israeli strike] out."

By JTA
November 2, 2006 10:46
Bush 'would understand' attack on Iran

chirac gestures 298 ap. (photo credit: AP)

 
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President Bush reportedly said he would "understand" a preemptive Israeli strike against Iran s nuclear sites. Maariv, citing diplomatic sources, reported Thursday that French President Jacques Chirac discussed Iran s nuclear program with Bush on the sidelines of the recent UN summit.

  • Iran test-fires long-range Shihab-3 Asked by Chirac if Israel could attack Iran to prevent it getting the bomb, Bush reportedly said: "We cannot rule this out. And if it were to happen, I would understand it." The report could not be independently confirmed. Israel endorses US-led efforts to curb Iran s atomic ambitions through the threat of UN Security Council sanctions but, like Washington, has hinted that military action could be a last resort.

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