President Obama at the UN
8:29 am
Tue September 25, 2012

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Updated 9:55 a.m. with recap, link to full remarks

President Obama addressed the opening session of the United Nations General Assembly today and touched on the Iran nuclear dispute and addressing the root causes of turmoil in the Middle East, among other topics.

In his remarks, the president said "the United States will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

  • See The Washington Post for the full text of Obama's prepared remarks

From The Associated Press:

President Barack Obama is challenging the international community to confront the root causes of turmoil in the Middle East, saying the world faces "a choice between the forces that would drive us apart and the hopes we hold in common."

Obama was speaking to the United Nations General Assembly, saying the United States will not shrink from its role with nations under transition despite the killing of four Americans in Libya, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, and more than 50 people in violence tied to an anti-Muslim film.

Obama says the video is an "insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well."

The president opened his address Tuesday with a tribute to Stevens, saying the diplomat "saw dignity in the people he met."

For more background, see NPR's The Two-Way blog's reports. 

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