President Barack Obama warned that “dangerous currents” threaten to create a “darker world” in a wide-ranging address to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.
Obama slammed Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad as a “tyrant” and urged the international community to work together to defeat ISIS.
“There is no room for accommodating an apocalyptic cult like ISIL,” the president said, using an alternative name for the terrorist group.
The president also stressed that the United States ” is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict” in Syria.
“We must recognize that there cannot be, after so much bloodshed, so much carnage, a return to the prewar status quo,” the president said.
President Obama also addressed issues including the Iran nuclear accord, the bloodshed in Syria, the rise of ISIS, Cuba relations and tensions with Russia. Obama pointed to the nuclear deal — a historic accord between Tehran and six world powers aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program — as an example of what can be accomplished by international cooperation when nations are held accountable for violating international rules, and principled diplomacy is pursued to achieve our objectives.