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Obama: Role for diplomacy on Iran issue

Updated: 2013-09-25 08:00
By Agencies in New York and Dubai, UAE and Jerusalem, Israel ( China Daily)

US President Barack Obama told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday that there should be a basis for an agreement on Iran's nuclear ambitions but that the roadblocks will be difficult to overcome.

In an address laying out US policy toward the volatile Middle East and North Africa, Obama made clear that the United States will take direct action to eliminate threats when necessary and will use military force when diplomacy fails.

Obama, in closely watched remarks on Iran based on a diplomatic opening offered by Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, said the US wants to resolve the Iran nuclear issue peacefully but is determined to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Obama: Role for diplomacy on Iran issue