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.