New York, NY, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama told the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday that the U.S. will use diplomacy to forge a deal on Iran’s nuclear program and wants the UN Security Council to impose consequences on Syria if it fails to surrender chemical arms.
In his UNGA address, the President said Secretary of State John Kerry will negotiate with Iran as he expressed optimism that a resolution on the issue of its nuclear program may also lead to improving U.S.-Iran relations. Kerry is set to face Iranian foreign minister Javad Zafir during a multilateral negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program this week.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is also speaking before the UNGA but a chance meeting with Obama will not happen, according to U.S. officials.
Meanwhile, Obama urged the Security Council to pass a resolution imposing consequences on Syria’s regime if President Bashar al-Assad fails to put all chemical weapons to international custody in line with an international agreement brokered by Russia. Without such resolution, Obama said the UN would show itself as incapable of enforcing a ban on chemical weapons.
Obama stressed that the U.S. rejects the development of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and considers chemical weapons in Syria a threat to national security.
Obama also announced a U.S. pledge of $340 million in humanitarian aid to help refugees from the civil war in Syria.