The U.S. Congress Democrats vowed on Friday to constrain the White House's power to wage any military attacks at Iran after President George W. Bush "beat the drums for war" with the Middle Eastern country.
"It's an open secret that Dick Cheney is agitating for a preemptive attack on Iran," said Democratic congressman Peter DeFazio at a Capitol Hill press conference. "It would be disastrous to the United States, disastrous to the region, disastrous for our armed forces in Iraq."
The remarks came after Bush reiterated his warning earlier Friday that Iran would be faced up with stronger international pressure if it sticks to uranium enrichment.
Accusing Bush of "beating the drums for war" with Iran, Democratic Representative Jim McDermott said that Congress Democrats "under the Constitution, have the right to declare war, to send troops into battle, not the president."
At a joint press conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Bush said that pressure on Iran "must, and will, grow" if the country refuses to suspend its nuclear program.
"The prime minister and I agree that a nuclear-armed Iran would threaten the security of the Middle East and beyond. Our two nations are united in our efforts to change the regime's behavior through diplomacy," he said.
Both of two floors of Congress are expected to take up 12 bills designed to foil any decision by the Bush administration to take military action against Iran's nuclear program, including ones that demand the president to seek Congress authorization before waging war.