President George W. Bush said Thursday that it was important to take the threats being made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seriously, but that he was committed to working with other nations to convince the Iranian regime to peacefully give up any ambitions of developing a weapons program.
"The reason why is because it's very important for us to take the threats coming out of the mouth of the president of Iran very seriously," he said. "This is a person that consistently talks about the use of force on Israel, for example, and Israel is our very firm and strong ally."
He was asked about a recent statement by France's foreign minister that the international community should prepare for the possibility of war in the event Iran obtains atomic weapons - although he later stressed the focus was still on diplomatic pressures.
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