UNITED NATIONS (AP) - President Barack Obama says the U.N. Security council must agree to a resolution on Syrian chemical weapons that includes consequences for the regime of President Bashar Assad if he doesn't meet demands to dismantle his chemical stockpile.
Obama told his U.N. audience Tuesday that failure to include such consequences would mean the international body is unable to enforce such requirements.
Obama said it would be, quote, "an insult to human reason and the legitimacy" of the U.N. to suggest that the Assad regime did not carry out a chemical attack on civilians last month.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - President Barack Obama says he has directed Secretary of State John Kerry to pursue a nuclear weapons agreement with Iran and that he firmly believes "the diplomatic path must be tested."
Obama told the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday he's encouraged that Iranian President Hasan Rouhani is pursuing a more moderate course. But he said Rouhani's "conciliatory words will have to be matched by actions that are transparent and verifiable."
The West has long suspected that Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon. Tehran has consistently denied the charge.
It's still unclear if Obama will meet with Rouhani while at the United Nations. The leaders of the two countries haven't had face-to-face contact in more than 30 years.
U.S. officials say no meeting is planned, although they haven't ruled one out.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - President Barack Obama says the time is ripe to press for a resolution of the long conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Obama is telling the United Nations' General Assembly in New York that all sides must be willing to take risks in order to achieve Mideast peace.
The president says Israel and its friends must be willing to accept a Palestinian state. And he says Arab states must recognize that stability can only be achieved through a two-state solution with a secure Israel.
Talks on Mideast peace resumed this summer after months of prodding by Secretary of State John Kerry. But the prospect of a resolution on issues that have long had the Israelis and Palestinians at odds remain slim.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - President Barack Obama says the United States hopes to maintain a constructive relationship with the interim government in Egypt but it is avoiding choosing sides since the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in July.
Obama tells the United Nations General Assembly in New York that the U.S. will continue to offer to support to Egypt in areas such as education, which benefits the Egyptian people. But he says the U.S. has held up the delivery of certain military aid. And he says that future support, in his words, "will depend upon Egypt's progress in pursuing a democratic path."
The U.S. provides Egypt with about $1.5 billion a year, mostly military aid. The president's top national security aides have recommended suspending much of the money.
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