Iran denounces Bush’s new accusations against Tehran

By Xinhua

Tehran : Iran on Tuesday brushed off the new warnings from U.S. President George W. Bush, saying his words were nothing new, the official IRNA news agency reported.

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“The U.S. president’s anti-Iran remarks lacked new points… unfortunately, Iranians have heard repetition of such baseless allegations over the past seven years and it is quite evident that the U.S. people and their representatives have got tired of listening to such allegations,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini was quoted as saying in a statement.

Bush is now in the last year of his presidency and “he has made no remarkable achievements during the two consecutive terms at domestic or international level,” and “he is unlikely to make good on its failures and defeats through putting the blames on others in order to cover up its weaknesses,” Hosseini added.

“We advise the U.S. president in the remaining time to heed concerns of the American people which could be the damaging economic recession, violation of human rights through adopting undemocratic commands, severe nervous breakdown from which the U.S. servicemen suffering owing to loss of their hope in occupation of Iraq,” said the Iranian official.

Bush warned in his final State of the Union address on Monday night that the United States “will confront those who threaten our troops, we will stand by our allies, and we will defend our vital interests in the Persian Gulf.”

Bush also urged Iran to “verifiably suspend your nuclear enrichment so negotiations can begin. And to rejoin the community of nations, come clean about your nuclear intentions and past actions, stop your oppression at home and cease your support for terror abroad.”

Washington has accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program. Iran has denied the charges and insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.