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  • Pronouncements by the US president, the US Defense Secretary, or any other senior US officials at UN or military to the effect that advocating armed aggression, invasion, war against North Korea and Iran to eliminate their nuclear weapons from news articles since August 2006 only.
  • Statement of US intentions to attack based on the reports that they are developing nuclear weapons.

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Summary

North Korea

Seq No. Quote Who said that When Bookmark
1 There is a high possibility that the United States will earnestly shift its policy toward a 'regime change' or 'regime toppling' in North Korea Paik Hak Soon, Sejong Institute in South Korea OCTOBER 4, 2006 1. Asian leaders caution N. Korea on nuclear test By Choe Sang-Hun
2 We will do all we can to dissuade the DPRK [North Korea] from this test.

we would have no choice but to act resolutely to make sure that the DPRK understood -- and to make sure that any other country understands -- that this (nuclear test) is a very bad mistake.

Assistant Secretary of State, Chris Hill October 5, 2006 2. U.S. warns North Korea against nuclear test
3 … and President Bush warned the North that he considered its activity a potential threat to American national security. President Bush OCTOBER 10, 2006 3. New UN sanctions sought; Bush rebukes North Korea:
4 United States remains committed to diplomacy, but also "reserves all options to defend our friends in the region President Bush October 11, 2006 4. North Korea: Increased U.S. Pressure Would Be 'Act of War'
5 … However, that if it continues pursuing nuclear weapons, the U.S. would seek further measures US Ambassador John Bolton October 14, 2006 5. Security Council Unanimously Approves Sanctions on N. Korea
6 Bush condemned Clinton's North Korea policy as weak-kneed, singled North Korea as one of the prime targets for nuclear preemption, branded it as one of the "axis of evil" states Kim Myong-chol is author of a number of books and papers in Korean, Japanese and English on North Korea. He is executive director of the Center for Korean-American Peace Feb 16, 2007 6. Bush waves a white flag

Iran

Seq No. Quote Who said that When Bookmark
1 US is trying to marshal key United Nations Security Council foreign ministers for a resolution that would compel Iran to suspend uranium enrichment - with the implied threat of sanctions and military enforcement

… President Bush refuses to rule out military action

Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor May 09, 2006 1. Iran's nuclear gambit - the basics
2 President George W. Bush said during a security-centered speech in Salt Lake City, Utah, that it was not too late for Iran to change course and accept the package of incentives that the United States and five other powers offered it. Nor did he close the door to diplomacy. But if Iran refuses to budge, he said, "there must be consequences for Iran's defiance, and we must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. President Bush SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 2. Iran defies UN by continuing enrichment
3 There must be consequences for Iran's defiance, and we must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon President Bush SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 3. Highly enriched uranium found at Iranian plant
4 In Israel, the deputy defense minister, Ephraim Sneh, told public radio Sunday that using force against Iran over its nuclear program should be the last option.

"The military option should be the last resort, as it will have serious consequences," Sneh said

Deputy defense minister, Ephraim Sneh, Israel November 12, 2006 4. Iran lashes UN on call for atom freeze
5 Robert Gates, the new U.S. defense secretary, has described military action against Iran as a “last resort”, leading Israeli officials to conclude that it will be left to them to strike Robert Gates, the new U.S. defense secretary January 07, 2007 5. Report: Israel Planning, Training for Low-Level Nuke Strike Against Iran
6 President Bush vowed to disrupt the "flow of support" from Iran and Syria to "terrorists and insurgents" in Iraq President Bush Jan 12, 2007 6. The US moves to confront Iran and Syria
7 “… while U.S. forces are trying to prevent Iran and Syria from disrupting U.S. forces in Iraq, there were no immediate plans for an attack” Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Jan 12, 2007 7. Administration: No plan to strike Iran
8 George W. Bush last week announced that American troops in Iraq were henceforth authorized to "kill or capture" any Iranian intelligence agents they discovered in Iraq President Bush Jan 30, 2007 8. The danger of Bush's anti-Iran fatwa
9 Bush told National Public Radio that he is willing to do "whatever it takes" to protect U.S. troops in Iraq from what the White House says have been attacks with weapons supplied by Iran President Bush January 29, 2007 9. Bush Warns Iran Against Action in Iraq
10 Nicolas Sarkozy has evoked the 'danger' of a military conflict with Iran French President Dec 12, 2007 10. IRAN: SARKOZY, 'DANGER OF WAR WITH TEHRAN'

Detailed Web Sources

North Korea

1. Asian leaders caution N. Korea on nuclear test By Choe Sang-Hun

Published: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2006
"There is a high possibility that the United States will earnestly shift its policy toward a 'regime change' or 'regime toppling' in North Korea," said Paik Hak Soon at Sejong Institute in South Korea.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/10/04/asia/web.1004nuke.php?page=2

2. U.S. warns North Korea against nuclear test

POSTED: 1333 GMT (2133 HKT), October 5, 2006
Hill said that on Tuesday the United States passed a message "of deep concern" about a possible test to Pyongyang through the North Korean mission to the United Nations, which serves as a contact between the two governments, but did not receive an answer.
"We will do all we can to dissuade the DPRK [North Korea] from this test," Hill said.
He declined to say exactly what the United States would do if North Korea undertakes such a test, but said, "we would have no choice but to act resolutely to make sure that the DPRK understood -- and to make sure that any other country understands -- that this (nuclear test) is a very bad mistake."
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/10/04/nkorea.nuclear.unresponse/

3. New UN sanctions sought; Bush rebukes North Korea:

By Warren Hoge and Sheryl Gay Stolberg
Published: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2006
“The United States proposed tough new United Nations sanctions on North Korea on Monday after its reported test of a nuclear device, and President Bush warned the North that he considered its activity a potential threat to American national security.”
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/10/10/asia/web.1010nations.php?page=2

4. North Korea: Increased U.S. Pressure Would Be 'Act of War'

Wednesday, October 11, 2006
A defiant North Korea threatened more nuclear tests Wednesday and said impending sanctions would be considered an act of war as nervous neighbors raced to bolster defenses and impose punitive measures on Pyongyang.
In Washington, President Bush called for stiff sanctions on North Korea for its reported nuclear test, and asserted the United States has "no intentions of attacking" the reclusive regime.
In a Rose Garden news conference, Bush said the United States remains committed to diplomacy, but also "reserves all options to defend our friends in the region."
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,219620,00.html

5. Security Council Unanimously Approves Sanctions on N. Korea

Saturday, October 14, 2006
“The resolution demands North Korea eliminate all its nuclear weapons but expressly rules out military action against the country, a demand by the Russians and Chinese. Bolton warned Pyongyang, however, that if it continues pursuing nuclear weapons, the U.S. would seek further measures.”
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,220760,00.html

6. Bush waves a white flag

“Bush condemned Clinton's North Korea policy as weak-kneed, singled North Korea as one of the prime targets for nuclear preemption, branded it as one of the "axis of evil" states” …
…“What distinguishes the Bush administration from previous US administrations in North Korea policy is it is long on rhetoric and short on muscle-flexing. Bush and company did not assemble a massive military force in and near Korea to pressure it into giving up its nuclear-weapons program, although it had a very good pretext to do so. It has ended up recognizing the DPRK as a nuclear-weapons state.”
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/IB16Dg03.html

Iran

1. Iran's nuclear gambit - the basics

By Scott Peterson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
“The letter, which mentions Iran's contentious nuclear program, comes during a week when the US is trying to marshal key United Nations Security Council foreign ministers for a resolution that would compel Iran to suspend uranium enrichment - with the implied threat of sanctions and military enforcement. But Tehran says its program is legal and will continue.”
http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0509/p01s04-wome.html?s=u

2. Iran defies UN by continuing enrichment

By Michael Slackman and Brian Knowlton
Published: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2006
“President George W. Bush said during a security-centered speech in Salt Lake City, Utah, that it was not too late for Iran to change course and accept the package of incentives that the United States and five other powers offered it. Nor did he close the door to diplomacy.But if Iran refuses to budge, he said, "there must be consequences for Iran's defiance, and we must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon."”
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/08/31/news/iran.php

3. Highly enriched uranium found at Iranian plant

By Elaine Sciolino
Published: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2006
In a speech at the American Legion national convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, President George W. Bush ratcheted up his warning to the Iranian leadership, saying that the war in Lebanon and Iran's support for Hezbollah "made it clearer than ever that the world now faces a grave threat from the radical regime in Iran."
He concluded by saying that while he was committed to a diplomatic solution to the confrontation with Iran, "There must be consequences for Iran's defiance, and we must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon."
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/09/01/africa/web.0901iran.php

4. Iran lashes UN on call for atom freeze

Agence France-Presse, The Associated Press
Published: November 12, 2006
A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, Mohammad Ali Hosseini, said that "the situation and capability of the Zionist regime are far too small to threaten Iran," but that if Israel "commits such stupidity, the response by the Iranian military will be swift, strong and crushing."
In Israel, the deputy defense minister, Ephraim Sneh, told public radio Sunday that using force against Iran over its nuclear program should be the last option.
"The military option should be the last resort, as it will have serious consequences," Sneh said.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/11/12/business/nuke.php

5. Report: Israel Planning, Training for Low-Level Nuke Strike Against Iran

Sunday, January 07, 2007
Israel has drawn up secret plans to destroy Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities with tactical nuclear weapons, according to a report in the Sunday Times of London.
The paper cites several Israeli military sources saying that two Israeli air force squadrons are training to blow up an Iranian facility using low-yield nuclear “bunker-busters.” ...
... Israeli and American officials have met several times to consider military action, the paper said. Military analysts said the disclosure of the plans could be intended to put pressure on Tehran to halt enrichment, cajole America into action or soften up world opinion in advance of an Israeli attack. ...
... Robert Gates, the new U.S. defense secretary, has described military action against Iran as a “last resort”, leading Israeli officials to conclude that it will be left to them to strike. ...
... Sources close to the Pentagon said the United States was highly unlikely to give approval for tactical nuclear weapons to be used. One source said Israel would have to seek approval “after the event”, as it did when it crippled Iraq’s nuclear reactor at Osirak with airstrikes in 1981. ...
... Some sources in Washington said they doubted if Israel would have the nerve to attack Iran. However, Dr Ephraim Sneh, the deputy Israeli defense minister, said last month: “The time is approaching when Israel and the international community will have to decide whether to take military action against Iran.”
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,242243,00.html

6. The US moves to confront Iran and Syria

Both nations aid the 'flow of support' to 'terrorists' in Iraq, President Bush says.
By Scott Peterson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
President Bush vowed to disrupt the "flow of support" from Iran and Syria to "terrorists and insurgents" in Iraq
The tough rhetoric and military action – the second incident involving Iranian officials in Iraq in recent weeks – is seen in Tehran as a sign of escalation in the prickly US-Iran dynamic that could further complicate American efforts to calm the fires in Iraq and establish regional stability.
http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0112/p01s03-usfp.html

7. Administration: No plan to strike Iran

Updated 1/12/2007 11:13 PM ET
Bush's remarks Wednesday in a speech announcing his plan to boost U.S. forces in Iraq prompted questions from members of Congress about whether the U.S. is considering attacks on Iranian territory. Bush administration officials have long refused to rule out any options against Iran but said military action would be a last resort.
On Friday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that while U.S. forces are trying to prevent Iran and Syria from disrupting U.S. forces in Iraq, there were no immediate plans for an attack.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-01-12-iran-nostrike_x.htm?csp=34

8. The danger of Bush's anti-Iran fatwa

George W. Bush last week announced that American troops in Iraq were henceforth authorized to "kill or capture" any Iranian intelligence agents they discovered in Iraq. The announcement came on the heels of his pledge in the State of the Union address to bring another aircraft carrier into the Persian Gulf, a move that clearly targeted Iran. A prominent Iranian parliamentarian responded to Bush's threat by saying, "Such an order is a clear terrorist act and against all internationally acknowledged norms."
http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2007/01/30/iran_ashura/

9. Bush Warns Iran Against Action in Iraq

By William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 29, 2007; 3:46 PM
President Bush said today he has no intention of sending U.S. forces into Iran, but he vowed to "respond firmly" if Iran steps up a campaign that the United States charges is aimed at killing U.S. troops and derailing democracy in Iraq.
Bush told National Public Radio that he is willing to do "whatever it takes" to protect U.S. troops in Iraq from what the White House says have been attacks with weapons supplied by Iran.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/29/AR2007012900464_pf.html

10. IRAN: SARKOZY, 'DANGER OF WAR WITH TEHRAN'

Nicolas Sarkozy has evoked the 'danger' of a military conflict with Iran. In an interview to 'le Nouvel Observateur', the French president has declared that Tehran represents a threat fro Israel's security and that 'there is the danger of war with Iran'.
http://www.agi.it/world/news/200712121439-pol-ren0043-art.html

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