Bush: Iran a 'Threat to World Peace'

President reiterates threat at beginning of Mideast visit
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 3:12 PM CST
U.S. President George W. Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, right, hold a joint news conference following their meeting at Olmert's residence in Jerusalem, Wednesday Jan. 9, 2008. Bush opened...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush called Iran a "threat to world peace," and reaffirmed America's support for Israel today in the first visit to that country of his presidency. Bush's tough talk came in response to the harassment of US ships by Iranian vessels in the Strait of Hormuz last weekend. "There will be serious consequences if they attack our ships," Bush said.

Israeli President Shimon Peres told Bush that his country would "take your advice about understanding the Iranian threat," reports the Washington Post. And Bush and his Israeli hosts fell over each other reaffirming the friendship between the two nations. Tomorrow Bush will meet Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and PM Salam Fayyad, where he will urge renewed peace talks.