"I'm the decision-maker" about sending more troops to Iraq. "I've picked the plan that I think is most likely to succeed." "I know there is skepticism and pessimism and that some are condemning a plan before it's even had a chance to work." "They have an obligation and a serious responsibility therefore to put up their own plan as to what would work."
Iran (via AP):
The head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency [IAEA] said Friday that Iran expects to start installing thousands of centrifuges in an underground facility next month. He said the installation would pave the way for large-scale uranium enrichment.
Iran in Iraq (via AP):
National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe claims, "Iranians were supplying IED equipment and or training that was being used to harm American soldiers."
Bush continued, "Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops. We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We'll interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq."
The White House said the US does not intend to cross the Iraq-Iran border to attack Iranians.
Five Iranians were detained by U.S.-led forces earlier this month after a raid on an Iranian government liaison office in northern Iraq.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, contended the Iranians were working in a liaison office that had government approval and that the office was in the process of being approved as a consulate. Iran Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the U.S. raid constituted an intervention in Iranian-Iraqi affairs.
The US contends its forces entered an Iranian building in Kurdish-controlled Irbil because information linked it to Revolutionary Guards and other Iranian elements engaging in violent activities in Iraq.
Iran (via Reuters):
IAEA head says "[Military action] would be absolutely counterproductive, and it would be catastrophic."
Pakistan's Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, also said, "If there is military action, it will have catastrophic results, not only in the region, but the whole world."
The Bush administration has said it wants a diplomatic solution and that it is not preparing to attack either Iran or Syria.
Israel has refused to rule out preemptive military action against Iran.