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Bush's 'State of the Union' Report to Focus on Iran, Energy


President Bush says his State of the Union report to Congress and the American people later Tuesday will include a pledge of U.S. support for the Iranian people along with a demand for their government to give up any plan to build nuclear weapons.

Mr. Bush says Iran will be one of the main foreign-policy themes of his annual speech, which he will deliver in the U.S. Capitol late Tuesday / shortly after 2 hours Universal Time Wednesday.

Domestic issues the president is expected to focus on include energy concerns, security issues and health care.

Officials say Mr. Bush will call for greater use of alternative fuels and nuclear power, to spare Americans from the steep rise in energy costs in recent months and to reduce the nation's dependence on foreign sources of oil.

He also will urge Congress to vote to renew the controversial Patriot Act special security regulations introduced after the 2001 terrorist attacks here and in New York and defend his decision to permit U.S. intelligence agencies to conduct domestic surveillance without obtaining a court's permission in advance.

V.O.A. will broadcast President Bush's State of the Union address live to the world.

Information for this report is provided by REU, AP, AFP, CNN and NBC.

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