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Bush: Force Could Be an Option Against Iran's Nuclear Aspirations


President Bush says he would consider using force to press Iran to give up its nuclear program, but only as a last resort.

Speaking from his Texas ranch in an interview with Israeli television broadcast Saturday, Mr. Bush said the United States and Israel agree that Iran must not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. When asked if that included the use of force, Mr. Bush said "all options are on the table" if diplomacy fails.

Iran angered Washington and the European Union by resuming uranium conversion this week after rejecting an EU offer of political and economic incentives in return for giving up its nuclear program. Tehran says the program is only for peaceful purposes.

Europe and the United States have warned they will refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions if Tehran does not cooperate.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.