Iran on Thursday denounced a warning by US President George W. Bush that the Islamic Republic's nuclear activities could lead to World War III, saying the statement was warlike rhetoric geared at diverting US attention from White House failures in Iraq.
"The expression by the US president will eventually cause international insecurity. This sort of policy will jeopardize peace and security at the international level, and is a barrier for peace," the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Ali Hosseini, said in a statement.
Hosseini said the US president was resorting to "warlike rhetoric" to divert the American public's attention from White House failures on international issues such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
On Wednesday, President Bush warned that a nuclear Iran could ignite a world war.