This is Steve Emberwith the VOA Special English program, IN THE NEWS.
On Tuesday, President Bush gave his first State of the Unionspeech. He spoke at the Capitol Building before a joint meeting ofCongress.
Mister Bush mainly discussed terrorism and security issues. Hepraised the United States armed forces early in his speech. He saidhe sent American soldiers to Afghanistan with complete belief intheir bravery and skill. He said the United States was winning thewar on terror thanks to them.
But, Mister Bush said there are still thousands of terroristsaround the world. He said they see the world as a battlefield.
President Bush said the United States has two main goals in itsfight against terrorism. He said the first is to close terroristtraining camps, block terrorist plans and bring terrorists tojustice.
Mister Bush said the United States already is working toward thatgoal in Afghanistan and other places. He noted the American troopsare in the Philippines to help train its soldiers to fightterrorism. He also said American Navy ships are sailing along thecoast of Africa to stop weapons shipments and prevent theestablishment of terrorist camps in Somalia.
Mister Bush said the second goal is to stop threats to the UnitedStates and the world from terrorists and governments that seekchemical, biological and nuclear weapons. He accused North Korea,Iran and Iraq of such actions. He said they are a group of evilgovernments.
The American leader said North Korea was arming with missiles andweapons of major destruction while starving its citizens. He saidIran seeks such weapons and exports terror. And he said Iraq hasplotted to develop biological, chemical and nuclear weapons for morethan ten years.
Mister Bush said the United States would work with its coalitionto stop terrorists and nations that support them from building suchweapons. He also said his government would continue with plans foreffective missile defenses to protect itself and its allies.
President Bush is a Republican. House Minority Leader DickGephardt gave the Democratic Party's answer to the speech. He saidhis party supports the war on terror. However, Mister Gephardt saidthat support does not mean the party will agree to all Mister Bush'seconomic plans.
Iran, Iraq and North Korea strongly rejected Mister Bush'sstatement that they are evil nations. The Iranian Foreign Ministerprotested by cancelling his plans to attend a world economic meetingin New York. China said such statements do not solve internationalproblems.
American officials said later that Mister Bush was not suggestingany new military action was about to happen. They said the UnitedStates is still open to talks with Iran and North Korea. But,officials said there will be no talks with Iraq until it permits thereturn of international weapons inspectors.
This VOA Special English program, IN THE NEWS, was written byCaty Weaver. This is Steve Ember.