In a wide-ranging address to the UN General Assembly Tuesday, President Barack Obama said he would be focusing on two issues in the intermediate term: “Iran’s perceived nuclear weapons” and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, both of which he saw as providing the basis for a broader Middle East peace.
He said he is determined to prevent Iran having a nuclear. Iran has the right to peaceful energy, but "conciliatory words must be matched by actions that are transparent and verifiable." Obama said he was encouraged by President Hassan Rouhini’s popular mandate for a “moderate course” and the “fatwas” and statements of Iranian leaders. “We will pursue this opportunity and explore the path of diplomacy,” he said.
Obama went on to say he was also determined to bring the Palestinian-Israeli conflict to an end. “There will be no compromise in our commitment to Israel’s security” and its right to recognition as a sovereign state,: said the president, but “the Palestinians also have the right to live in their own sovereign state.”
On Syria, the US president challenged the UN Security Council to enforce Syria’s compliance with the international ban on chemical weapons, as a test for the international community.