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The New York Times > International > Middle East > Bush Sees Joint World Effort to Press Iran on Nuclear Issue

The New York Times > International > Middle East > Bush Sees Joint World Effort to Press Iran on Nuclear Issue: "August 10, 2004
Bush Sees Joint World Effort to Press Iran on Nuclear Issue
By ELISABETH BUMILLER

ANNANDALE, Va., Aug. 9 - President Bush said Monday that the United States would maintain pressure on Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program, emphasizing that his administration was working with other countries and not confronting Iran on its own.
'Iran must comply with the demands of the free world, and that's where we sit right now,' Mr. Bush told a Republican crowd at an 'Ask President Bush' campaign event in this Washington suburb. 'And my attitude is that we've got to keep pressure on the government, and help others keep pressure on the government, so there's kind of a universal condemnation of illegal weapons activities.'
The president has come under searing criticism from his Democratic competitor, Senator John Kerry, for what Mr. Kerry calls Mr. Bush's go-it-alone approach to foreign policy, which he says has left the United States isolated in the world. Mr. Kerry has also attacked Mr. Bush for allowing Iran to move forward with its nuclear ambitions while going to war with Iraq, where almost no evidence of a nuclear weapons program was found.
Mr. Bush has not directly answered Mr. Kerry's charges, but on Monday he repeatedly emphasized how much the United States was cooperating with other nations to try to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, particularly in Iran.
'We've relied upon others to send the message for us,' he told the crowd in the gymnasium at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College. 'And the foreign ministers of Ger"

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