President Obama delivered remarks Sept. 25 to the U.N. General Assembly centered on recent violence in the middle east, as well as the ongoing effort to stem the development of a nuclear program in Iran.
The violence, triggered by an amateurish video that depicted the father of Islam Mohammed engaged in a variety of sexually depraved activities, claimed the lives of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya when protestors stormed the consulate there.
“Understand, the attacks of the last two weeks are not simply an assault on America,” Obama said. “They are also an assault on the very ideals upon which the United Nations was founded — the notion that people can resolve their differences peacefully; that diplomacy can take the place of war; that in an interdependent world, all of us have a stake in working towards greater opportunity and security for our citizens.”
On Iran, Obama was direct in his condemnation of the development of any nuclear weapons.
“America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so,” he said. “But that time is not unlimited. We respect the right of nations to access peaceful nuclear power, but one of the purposes of the United Nations is to see that we harness that power for peace. And make no mistake, a nuclear-armed Iran is not a challenge that can be contained. It would threaten the elimination of Israel, the security of Gulf nations, and the stability of the global economy. It risks triggering a nuclear-arms race in the region, and the unraveling of the non-proliferation treaty. That’s why a coalition of countries is holding the Iranian government accountable. And that’s why the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
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