At U.N., Pres. Obama Makes History - Again

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President Barack Obama made history Thursday as the first U.S. president to preside over a U.N. Security Council summit. 

Obama banged the gavel at the multi-nation gathering signaling the unanimous approval of a resolution aimed at ridding the globe of nuclear weapons. 

"The historic resolution we just adopted enshrines our shared commitment to a goal of a world without nuclear weapons," Obama said. "And it brings Security Council agreement on a broad framework for action to reduce nuclear dangers as we work toward that goal."  

Obama aides say the resolution represented an endorsement of the nuclear agenda the president laid out in Prague several months ago. 

In that address, Obama called for:  

  • the reduction of U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals. 
  • adoption of the treaty banning all nuclear test.
  • a global fuel bank geared to better safeguard nuclear material. 
  • negotiations on a new treaty that "verifiably" ends the production of fissile materials for atomic weapons.

Each measure was included in the draft resolution. 

Former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, who heads a Washington-based group designed to fight the worldwide spread of nuclear material, praised the draft before the council as "an excellent resolution." 

"But far more important is the high-level visibility that will be taking place ... with world leaders gathering to remind both themselves and the world that we are at a nuclear tipping point," he said in an interview. 

The draft also reaffirmed prior U.N. resolutions that imposed sanctions on Iran and North Korea for their nuclear activities, but did not impose any new penalties. 

Queen Noor of Jordan said, "I believe that world leaders have come to recognize that the only way to eliminate the nuclear threat is to eliminate all nuclear weapons, and it is urgent to begin making this vision a reality."

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