Bush said the United States,Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia have adopted a unified approach to resolve the impasse with Iran diplomatically. He said that Tehran must "fully and verifiably suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities" before the United States will join in negotiations with Iran.
Bush spoke at the commencement ceremonies of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
On Sunday, Iran accused the United States of steering Europe away from a possible compromise on Tehran's disputed nuclear program. Iran's foreign ministry said the U.S. insistence on conditional negotiations over a Western package of incentives has narrowed the scope of possible talks and made it tougher for all parties to reach a solution, according to the AP.
The incentives are meant to persuade Iran to stop enriching uranium, a process that can make nuclear fuel for a power plant or fissile material for an atomic bomb. Iran says enriching uranium is its country's inalienable right, and that it is reviewing the package and will propose amendments to the deal.
Russia has changed its position on the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky