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Bush, Merkel Take United Stance on Iran
WASHINGTON - President Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel stood together Friday in urging U.N. intervention if Iran does not retreat from a resumption of its nuclear program. The world needs to "send a common message to Iran that their behavior ... is unacceptable," Bush said.
Taking the matter to the Security Council, as Germany, France and Britain recommended on Thursday, is the logical next step, Bush said.
"We want an end result to be acceptable, which will yield peace, which is that the Iranians not have a nuclear weapon in which to blackmail and-or threaten the world," Bush said.
When Bush said that the military option is still on the table Chancellor Merkel did not repeat the comment.
Big Security Council Members Agree on Iran
LONDON - Russia and China agreed with the United States and its European allies Monday that Iran must fully suspend its nuclear program, but the countries stopped short of demanding referral to the U.N. Security Council, Britain's Foreign Office said.
Britain, France and Germany, backed by Washington, want Iran to be referred to the Security Council, which can impose sanctions.
But Russia and China, which have close commercial ties with Iran, have resisted such a move in the past and could stymie efforts against Tehran as veto-wielding members of the U.N. body.
The British Foreign Office said all five permanent members of the Security Council — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — and Germany had shown "serious concern over Iranian moves to restart uranium enrichment activities."