President Bush delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress while Vice President Dick Cheney (L) and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R) look on at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 31, 2006.
Reuters: Bush: Iran ‘held hostage’ by clerical elite
President Bush said on Tuesday that Iran was “held hostage” by clerical leaders who repress their people, and urged the world not to allow Tehran to gain nuclear weapons.
In his State of the Union address, Bush also accused Iran of sponsoring terrorists in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon and said, “that must come to an end.”
“The Iranian government is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions — and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons,” Bush said.
“America will continue to rally the world to confront these threats,” he said.
A rationale for Iran regime change.
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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image
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