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Obama To United Nations: Diplomacy Needed In Syria, Iran

Colin Hale |
September 24, 2013 | 9:15 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

President Barack Obama, speaking at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, appeared to open the door for diplomatic solutions in the Syrian conflict and with Iran.

In his 50-minute speech to the General Assembly, Obama pressed the United Nations and its member states to take action to resolve the Syrian conflict, saying that the "crisis in Syria and the destablization of the region goes to the heart of the broader challenges the international community must now face."

The international community's "response [in Syria] has not matched the scale of the challenge," Obama said on Tuesday. "The international community must enforce the ban on chemical weapons."

Obama also said that he would use the remainder of his term in office to rebuild relations with Iran and push for a resolution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, also spoke to the General Assembly on Tuesday. Obama reportedly has instructed Secretary of State John Kerry to begin discussions with Iran over its nuclear programs.

A handshake meeting between Obama and Rouhani was anticipated, but reports have indicated that the two leaders did not meet.

Read more about Obama's speech to the United Nations at Al Jazeera America and the Washington Post.

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