Obama vows before UN to halt Iran bomb
- Published: 25 Sep 2012 at 23.12
- Online news:
President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday the United States would not permit Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons, as the UN General Assembly heard appeals for an end to Syria's civil war.
Crises across the Middle East dominated the first day of the annual UN summit, where Western leaders sought to increase pressure on Damascus and Iran to abandon confrontation and seek negotiated settlements.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the violence, speaking a day after his peace envoy had accused Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime of resorting to "medieval forms of torture'' against his own citizens.
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