US President Obama: Iran Must Not be Allowed to Develop Nuclear Weapons

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US President Obama:
Iran Must Not be Allowed to Develop Nuclear Weapons

 

Today, President Barack Obama said “Iran must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.” [1] In a speech to students in Strasbourg, France during his first trip outside of the United States, the American President emphasized: “We cannot have a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.” [2]

Obama announced that high on his agenda is working toward a world without nuclear weapons. In France to attend a NATO summit, Obama said the spread of nuclear weapons could lead to the extermination of any city on the planet. [3] “We can’t reduce the threat of a nuclear weapon going off unless those that possess the most nuclear weapons – the United States and Russia – take serious steps to reduce our stockpiles,” Obama said. [4] Obama’s statements came two days after Obama and Russian President Dimitry Medvedev agreed to draw up a new deal on nuclear disarmament. [5] Furthermore, Obama is showing readiness for having better ties with Russia, despite their differences. [6]

For further information:

Experts: Iran Ready to Make Nuclear Bomb

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Uranium Enrichment and Nuclear Weaponization in Iran

Russian-Iranian Relations

Overview: EU business ties with Iran

 

 


References:

[1] “Obama seeks better ties with Russia, firm on Iran,” Reuters, April 3, 2009, http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSWLA1469

[2] Ibid.

[3] Bohan, Caren; Spetalnick, Matt: “Obama hopes for world without nuclear arms,” Swissinfo, April 3, 2009, http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/news/international/Obama_hopes_for_world_without_nuclear_arms.html?siteSect=143&sid=10531979&cKey=1238765867000&ty=ti

[4] Raum, Tom: “Obama pledges new US relations with Europe,” Associated Press, April 3, 2009, http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090403/ap_on_re_eu/eu_obama

[5] “Obama calls for nuclear-free world,” DPA; April 3, 2009, http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/obama-calls-for-nuclear-free-world_100175190.html

[6] “Obama seeks better ties with Russia, firm on Iran,” Reuters, April 3, 2009, http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSWLA1469

 


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