US President Barack Obama delivers a speech at the Opening of the General Debate of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 25, 2012.
US President Barack Obama has once again accused Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon and of failing to meet its international obligations.
He made the remarks at the Opening of the General Debate of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the world body’s headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
Obama also said that Washington would prefer to resolve the dispute with Tehran over its nuclear energy program through diplomacy.
“America wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy, and we believe that there is still time and space to do so,” he said, adding that the United States and its allies will do everything they can “to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
The US, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.