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Bush: America Will Not Allow Iran To Develop Nuclear Weapon




U.S. President George W. Bush reiterated his pledge that the United States will not allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons in a wide-ranging speech on the Middle East Friday.

“For the safety of our people and the peace of the world, America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon,” Bush said at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

Bush called the Israeli-Palestinian conflict the most vexing problem in the region, but offered a hopeful tone, saying “on the most vexing problem in the region – the Israeli- Palestinian conflict – there is now greater international consensus than at any point in recent memory.”

He noted that he was the first U.S. president to call for a Palestinian state and said he sees progress toward reaching a two-state solution.

The Israelis and Palestinians agreed last November at a meeting in Annapolis, Maryland, to reach some agreement by the end of the year. But after months of publicly insisting that an agreement could still be forged, the Bush administration has conceded that it will hand the fragile, unfinished U.S.-backed peace effort to Obama.

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