President Obama is directing Secretary of State John Kerry to pursue a nuclear weapons deal with Iran, the president announced in a speech Tuesday to the United Nations.
Recent statements by Iran’s new government indicate it is not interested in a nuclear weapons program “should offer the basis for a meaningful agreement,” Obama told the gathering at the UN . general assembly
Kerry is to meet his Iranian counterpart at the United Nations on Thursday, the first such meeting since the countries broke off after the 1979 Islamic revolution. diplomatic relations
It is also possible that Obama and New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani could meet in the margins of the UN in what would be the between an American and Iranian head of state since 1977. Obama said Kerry would pursue talks in coordination with the , alongside the , France, Germany, Russia, and China. The planned negotiations come as Tehran has repeatedly indicated a new willingness to negotiate an end to crippling economic sanctions put in place to discourage the Iranian nuclear program.first meetingEuropean UnionUnited Kingdom
Rouhani, who was elected earlier this year, has said that he has the authority to negotiate such a deal. The president said that any deal would need to be "transparent and verifiable," but said he was "encouraged that President Rouhani received from the Iranian people a mandate to pursue a more moderate course."
Obama warned that "the potential spread of weapons of mass destruction continues to spread a shadow over the pursuit of peace" not only in Iran, but in Syria.
Accusing the international community of a response that "has not matched the scale of the challenge" in that nation, Obama called for "a strong security council resolution to verify that the Assad regime is keeping its commitments" to disarm its chemical weapons program.
The president said that if the United Nations failed to do so, it would prove "incapable of enforcing most basic of international laws."