Monday, January 29, 2007

Time to put out the distress signal

Bush Issues New Warning To Iran On Iraq
President Says U.S. Will "Respond Firmly" If Iran Escalates Military Actions In Iraq

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2007

President Bush's new warning to Iran was the latest move in a bitter and more public standoff between the U.S. and Iran. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(AP) President Bush said Monday that "we will respond firmly" if Tehran escalates its military actions in Iraq and threatens American forces or Iraqi citizens.

Mr. Bush's warning was the latest move in a bitter and increasingly public standoff between the United States and Iran. The White House expressed skepticism about Iran's plans to greatly expand its economic and military ties with Iraq. The United States has accused Iran of supporting terrorism in Iraq and supplying weapons to kill American forces.

"If Iran escalates its military actions in Iraq to the detriment of our troops and — or innocent Iraqi people, we will respond firmly," Mr. Bush said in an interview with National Public Radio.

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