Joint Press Conference with President George W. Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul (Excerpts)

March 1, 2006
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Q And my second question is regarding Iran's nuclear program --

PRESIDENT BUSH: Yes.

Q -- Iran states that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but you seem to doubt them. There seems to be some sort of standoff. You don't think that the standoff will affect the security of the region, and do you think there is a way out of this standoff?

PRESIDENT BUSH: Great. First, yes, I absolutely will bring up the cross-border infiltrations with President Musharraf. These infiltrations are causing harm to friends, allies, and cause harm to U.S. troops. And that will be a topic of conversation. It's an ongoing topic of conversation.

Secondly, Iran must not have a nuclear weapon. The most destabilizing thing that can happen in this region and in the world is for Iran to have a -- develop a nuclear weapon. And so the world is speaking with one voice to the Iranians that it's okay for you to have a civilian power -- nuclear power operation, but you shall not have the means, the knowledge to develop a nuclear weapon.

And so we've joined with Russia as part of a diplomatic effort to solve this problem that says Russia will provide enriched uranium to its civilian nuclear power plant, and will collect the uranium after it's been used in the plant.

I'll repeat to you, the most destablizing thing that can happen is for Iran to have a nuclear weapon. And we will work with friends and allies to convince them not to.

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