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Obama Will Work With Iran and Try to Stop Syria
Pres­i­dent Oba­ma said on Tues­day that Iran’s diplo­mat­ic over­ture in re­cent weeks could pro­vide a foun­da­tion for an agree­ment on its nu­clear pro­gram, but he warned that “con­cil­ia­tory words will have to be matched by ac­tions that are trans­par­ent and ver­i­fi­able.” Speak­ing to the Unit­ed Na­tions Gen­er­al As­sem­bly, Mr. Oba­ma sound­ed a cau­tious­ly op­ti­mistic tone about the prospects for diplo­ma­cy, say­ing he had in­struct­ed Sec­re­tary of State John Ker­ry to pur­sue face-to-face ne­go­ti­a­tions with Iran on its nu­clear pro­gram. “The road­blocks may prove to be too great,” he added, “but I firm­ly be­lieve the diplo­mat­ic path must be test­ed.” Mr. Oba­ma al­so called on the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil to pass a “strong” res­o­lu­tion that would im­pose con­se­quences on Syria if it fails to turn over its chem­i­cal weapons. The Amer­i­can threat of mil­i­tary ac­tion against Syria, Mr. Oba­ma said, had set in mo­tion diplo­mat­ic ef­forts with Rus­sia to take over and even­tu­al­ly de­stroy Mr. As­sad’s weapons. “With­out a cred­i­ble mil­i­tary threat, the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil had dem­on­strated no in­cli­na­tion to act at all,” the pres­i­dent said. “If we can­not agree even on this, then it will show that the U.N. is in­capa­ble of en­forc­ing the most ba­sic of in­ter­na­tion­al laws. On the oth­er hand, if we suc­ceed, it will send a pow­er­ful mes­sage that the use of chem­i­cal weapons has no place in the 21st cen­tu­ry, and that this body means what it says.”
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this is great, too much obstructionism by republicans
4 years ago·Reply
hopefully that will change
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