After some recent missteps in Middle East policy in Syria and Egypt, President Barack Obama told the world body that the United States is not backing down from its opposition to Iran's nuclear program.
"The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure these core interests in the region," Obama said Tuesday, addressing the United Nations.
It was rumored that Obama might meet today with Iran's newly elected president Hasan Rouhani.
"I do believe that if we can resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program, that can serve as a major step down a long road toward a different relationship," Obama told the world body.
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U.S. officials quickly said that any such meeting would not happen at the United Nations. Even so, if and when it were to happen, it would be the first meeting of the two nations' leaders since the Iran hostage crisis in 1979.
But Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren cautioned against such a move.
"Diplomacy is good, but only if brings about results," he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will also address the United Nations this week. He is warning the world of a Iranian "honey trap," a conciliatory sounding approach from Iran's new leader that disguises the Islamic Republic's real intent to keep building a nuclear weapons program.
During his address, President Obama also urged the U.N. Security Council to mandate consequences if Syria doesn't cooperate with a plan to hand-over its chemical weapons.
"If we cannot agree even on this, it will show the U.N. is incapable of enforcing even most basic of international laws," he said.