Britain and the US are raising renewed threats of war against Iran in the run up to a crucial United Nations (UN) meeting.
The US and Britain want the UN to rubber stamp their decision to impose sanctions on Iran. These sanctions would represent a big step towards war.
But with Russia and China showing little appetite for another war in the Middle East, George Bush warned that the US would be prepared to “go it alone”.
As early as 18 April, Bush announced that “all options are on the table”, including military strikes.
The proposal for sanctions came as Bush dismissed a letter from the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad calling for dialogue.
The US has also been making contacts with “opposition groups” among Iran’s minorities and the US Congress has approved a $43 million budget to fund a propaganda campaign aimed at Iranians.
The Iranians accuse the US and Britain of sponsoring a “terrorist campaign” against targets in the country.
Amid an increasingly tense climate across the region, Iranian troops have recently been involved in clashes with Kurdish fighters along the border with Iraq.