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2/22/05

Bush accepts that Iran is not Iraq

Brussels, Feb 21, IRNA-US President George W Bush Monday said Washington was working closely with Germany, France and the UK on Iran's nuclear program and acknowledged that Iran is different to Iraq.

"In Iran the free world shares a common goal. For the sake of peace, the Iranian regime must end its support for terrorism and must not develop nuclear weapons," Bush said in a speech in Brussels Monday afternoon.

"Safeguarding the security of free nations, no option can be taken permanently off the table.

"Iran is however different from Iraq," he stressed.

"We are in the early stages of diplomacy. The US as member of the IAEA board of governors has taken the lead on this issue.

"We are working closely with Britain, France and Germany as they oppose Iran's nuclear ambitions and as they insist that Tehran comply with international law. This approach now largely depends on Iran.

"We also look upon Iran to finally deliver on promise of reform.

The time has arrived for the Iranian regime to listen to the Iranian people and respect their rights and join the movement towards liberty that is taking place all around them," he said.

The site for Bush's speech was the Concert Noble, a 19th-century Belgian government building used for banquets and meetings.

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