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   Iran-US Verbal War

  In a continuing war of words, Iran and the US have castigated each other with the US demanding sanctions as "time was of essence" and Iran refuting these and unilateral American sanctions as "useless."
 

 

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In a continuing war of words, Iran and the US have castigated each other with the US demanding sanctions as "time was of essence" and Iran refuting these and unilateral American sanctions as "useless."

US President George Bush says that he is "concerned that Iran is trying to stall" to "buy time" and therefore wants to "push the issue" of sanctions "along as hard as we can." Insisting that the US is following this dual policy, Bush revealed that he had conversations with allies as he takes what Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says "seriously" just as he takes "al Qaeda seriously." Bush says he is worried that Iran will attack the US again and disrupt global trade and democracy and accused it of sponsoring the Hezbollah which creates instability in the oil-rich West Asia. However, Bush refused to divulge a timeline for resolution of issue with Iran.

Meanwhile, Iran condemned "useless" sanctions passed by the US targeting companies which cooperate with Iran on nuclear technology, weaponry, and advanced technologies. Iran says that these sanctions only serve the "hostile purposes" of US policy makers and has "no consequence except damaging US interests and increasing the isolation of the United States." Tehran swears that "sanctions cannot weaken" its will.

Analysts see these new measures brought in by Bush as a clear warning to Russia and China who while being permanent members of the UN Security Council have thwarted attempts to increase pressure on Tehran through resolutions or sanctions. Many nations accuse the US of harboring ill-will against Iran not forgetting the seizure of the US Embassy in Tehran in 1979 by Islamic radicals. Some Iran watchers in Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and former hostages say that Ahmadinejad was one of those who participated or led the take-over and the ensuing hostage crisis.