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Iraqi V.P. calls Bush comments 'stupid'

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraq Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan on Wednesday characterized President Bush's comments on Iraq in his State of the Union address the night before as "stupid."

"This statement of President Bush is stupid and a statement that does not befit the leader of the biggest state in the world," Ramadan told reporters after speaking to a legal conference.

Ramadan was referring to Bush's description of Iraq as part of "an axis of evil" along with North Korea and Iran because of their pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and support of terrorist groups.

"By seeking weapons of mass destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger," Bush said.

"They could provide these arms to terrorists, giving them the means to match their hatred. They could attack our allies or attempt to blackmail the United States. In any of these cases, the price of indifference would be catastrophic."

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Bush said the United States would work closely with its allies to "deny terrorists and their state sponsors the materials, technology and expertise to make and deliver weapons of mass destruction."

But he also warned those countries.

"I will not wait on events while dangers gather. I will not stand by as peril draws closer and closer," he said.

"The United States of America will not permit the world's most dangerous regimes to threaten us with the world's most destructive weapons."

There was no official Iraqi response to Bush's address. President Saddam Hussein was shown on Iraqi television late Wednesday discussing plans for a new monument, but he made no comment on Bush's statement.




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