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Iran's development of nuclear weapon unacceptable: Bush

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Washington, Feb 23 (UNI) US President George Bush has said that India, Pakistan and the United States must send a ''unified'' message to Iran that its ''development of a nuclear weapon is unacceptable''.

Responding to a question on the India-Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline at a roundtable interview with selected Indian and Pakistani journalists yesterday, President Bush said he ''fully understands'' that energy supplies ''are important for India, and they're important for Pakistan.'' But India, Pakistan, and the United States should also ''work together to send a firm message to the Iranians that the development of a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.'' He said ''a country which has been unwilling to adhere to treaties that it's agreed to, a country the President of which has said the destruction of Israel is part of a foreign policy, a country which has not told the truth when it comes to whether or not they're enriching uranium or not is a country that free nations need to deal with in a diplomatic way. And the best thing that the Iranians can hear is a unified message from all of us.'' To a question whether it was a diplomacy or a military action that the US contemplates against Iran, Mr Bush said that diplomacy was the ''first option''.

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