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Bush Discusses Iran Sanctions with EU Leaders

President Bush shakes hands with European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, alongside Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa at the end of a joint press conference Tuesday.
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President Bush shakes hands with European Union Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, alongside Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa at the end of a joint press conference Tuesday.

President Bush continued his tough talk against Iran on Tuesday as he met with European Union leaders in Slovenia.

In what is likely his final trip to Europe as president, Bush is pushing familiar themes, discussing with EU leaders the possibility of more sanctions if Iran does not stop trying to enrich uranium. Iran insists it has only civilian uses in mind for its nuclear pursuits.

"They can either face isolation, or they can have better relations with all of us," Bush said of Iran's leaders while capping his final European Union-U.S. summit.

The president's summit with EU leaders also covered Afghanistan's woes, climate change and Mideast peace.

Bush is trying to forge a consensus with Britain, Germany and France on Iran with a carrot-and-stick strategy — a package of new penalties and incentives aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

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