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U.S. dismisses invitation for Bush to address Iranian university
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10:09, October 03, 2007

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The United States dismissed Tuesday an invitation from an Iranian university for U.S. President George W. Bush to address the campus.

"I think that we're not taking it too seriously," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.

Iranian media reported Monday that Iran's Ferdowsi University had invited Bush to address professors and students and discuss with them issues including human rights, terrorism and the Holocaust.

The invitation was issued by Ali Reza Ashouri, chancellor of the prestigious university in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

It came a week after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited the Columbia University in New York, where he faced tough questioning and received a combative introduction from the university president at the campus forum on Sept. 24.

The relationship between the United States and Iran has been tense and the United States has not ruled out using military force against Iran if it persists with its nuclear program. Iran has said its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Source: Xinhua

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