Stop Iranian Threat Now: Bush

Calls on Arab allies to join US to 'confront danger'
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2008 10:03 AM CST
President Bush delivers his speech at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008. The United Arab Emirates is the third stop for Bush who is on a tour of five Arab countries. (AP Photo/Susan...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – President Bush said today that the US and its Arab allies must stop the threat posed by Iran "before it's too late." Speaking in the United Arab Emirates during his 8-day trip to the Mideast to push his peace plan, Bush called Iran the "world's leading state sponsor of terrorism," and accused officials of funding extremists, giving the Taliban arms, and defying the United Nations.

"Iran's actions threaten the security of nations everywhere," said the president, who added that the US is "rallying our friends to confront this danger." He also called on the Palestinians to reject extremists, although he didn't specifically name Hamas, the radical Islamic group that has gained control of the Gaza Strip.