Obama Pushes UN to Confront Chemical, Nuclear Weapons

The president seeks international cooperation in speech to the General Assembly in New York.
1:41 | 09/24/13

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President President Obama addressing the UN general assembly -- using his turn on the world stage to focus on the Middle East United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power including military force. To secure. Our core interests in the region. The president discussing -- -- nuclear program a precursor to a possible meeting later today with the ranch newly elected president because Sandra Hani. I do believe that if we can resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program. Back and serve as a major step down a long road towards a different relationship. The White House won't confirm that you plan to talk here in New York. But if they do it would be the first meeting of the nation's leaders since the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. Diplomacy is good but only for brings about results some question whether there could be results despite a -- wanting a path toward easing UN sanctions and expressing a willingness to work on strengthening US relations. There isn't expectation of rain couldn't wait to see how things play out with Syria an issue also high on president Obama's agenda as he urges the UN Security Council -- -- consequences. If Syria doesn't cooperate with the plan to hand over its chemical weapons. If we cannot agree. Even on this. That it will show that the United Nations is incapable of enforcing. The most basic of international -- President Obama also focus on efforts to bring peace between Israel and Palestine. He has a meeting scheduled with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas this afternoon. Marcy Gonzales ABC news at the UN in New York.

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