US President George Bush has insisted that he wants to resolve the West’s nuclear row with Iran peacefully, but repeated that all options were still open. Continuing his farewell European tour, he and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said they would work todether to find an acceptable solution.
“We have made a number of proposals to Iran, and if they fail to respond, we have a number of options including sanctions,” she said. “Both of us prefer a diplomatic solution, but there are other things we can do.”
Bush would like to solve the Iran problem before he leaves the White House in the New Year.
“All options are on the table,” he said. “And my first choice is to solve this diplomatically, and the best way to solve this diplomatically is to work with our partners and that is exactly what we are doing.”
Earlier, in an interview with The Times of London, Bush admitted that using phrases like “dead or alive” and “bring them on” gave the impression that he was not a man of peace, something he regretted.