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President Obama pressed the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday to enforce the chemical weapon ban in Syria and announced America will supply $340 million, in addition to the previous $1 billion, in humanitarian aid.

Obama claimed the current tests of our time include deciding the best response to conflicts, not only between countries, but also conflicts within them. While Obama said military action would not achieve lasting peace in Syria, he is prepared to use force in the Middle East and North Africa:

“The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure our core interests in the region. We will confront external aggression against our allies and partners, as we did in the Gulf War.”

The incentives he listed were oil, dismantling terrorist networks and prohibiting the development of chemical weapons. As a caveat he added:

“Now, to say that these are America’s core interests is not to say that they are our only interests. We deeply believe it is in our interests to see a Middle East and North Africa that is peaceful and prosperous.”

Obama claimed the future of American diplomacy will focus on the Iranian pursuit of chemical weapons and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

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