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The Candidates on Iran - 2004-10-09

Presidential candidate John Kerry says the threat of Iran building atomic weapons is very serious, and that he would get tough on that country to end its nuclear program.

In Friday's presidential debate, Mr. Kerry accused President Bush of ignoring Iran's nuclear buildup while he was preoccupied with Iraq. The Democrat said he would not rely just on international sanctions, and that he would lead the world effort in halting the spread of nuclear weapons.

Mr. Bush said his administration is doing what is necessary to counter the threat from Iran. The Republican incumbent said he agrees with Mr. Kerry, and that he is getting European governments to persuade Tehran to give up its nuclear ambitions.

Iranian officials have said the country's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.