Iran aggressively pursues these weapons and exports terror, while an unelected
few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom.
Iraq continues to flaunt its hostility toward America and to support terror.
The Iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax, and nerve gas, and nuclear
weapons for over a decade. This is a regime that has already used poison
gas to murder thousands of its own citizens -- leaving the bodies of mothers
huddled over their dead children. This is a regime that agreed to
international inspections -- then kicked out the inspectors. This is a regime
that has something to hide from the civilized world.
States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil,
arming to threaten the peace of the world. By seeking weapons of mass
destruction, these regimes pose a grave and growing danger. 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
We will work closely with our coalition to deny terrorists and their state
sponsors the materials, technology, and expertise to make and deliver weapons
of mass destruction. We will develop and deploy effective missile
defenses to protect America and our allies from sudden attack. And all nations
should know: America will do what is necessary to ensure our nation's
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