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Iran: threat, counter-threat

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Bush says "all options are on the table" in nuclear dispute with Iran.
In the interview, Bush said the United States and Israel ''are united in our objective to make sure that Iran does not have a weapon.''

But, he said, if diplomacy fails "all options are on the table."

"The use of force is the last option for any president. You know, we've used force in the recent past to secure our country," he said.

Iran blusters in response:
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters in Tehran, "If America committed such a mistake, our defenses are bigger than America."
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Asefi also accused the United States of having a hand in recent unrest in western Iran, saying "we have information of American intervention and will soon issue a formal protest in this regard."
And so, the war of words is joined.