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NEW YORK - The world’s major countries Thursday proposed important measures to strengthen the Security Council’s work on global peace and security, saying new situations require new solutions.
TEHRAN - Iran Thursday regretted Russia’s decision to cancel an arms deal with the Islamic republic, ISNA news agency reported.
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11:27 A.M. EDT
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want to welcome Premier Wen to the United States, and once again say what an outstanding partner he’s been over the last 21 months since I’ve been in office.
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The President met today in New York with Japanese Prime Minister Kan to discuss the range of economic, security, and other issues facing both nations. The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance, which plays a key role in promoting stability and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region and directly benefits both nations.
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UNITED NATIONS — The U.S. delegation walked out of the U.N. speech of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday after he said some in the world have speculated that Americans were actually behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks, staged in an attempt to assure Israel’s survival.
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1:58 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. I have already subjected you to one long speech today, so I will not do it again. But I do want to, as the President of the host country, the United States, thank all of you for your participation. And I want to thank Secretary General Ban for hosting us. To all my fellow delegates and all the distinguished guests who are with us today, thank you for your leadership.
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Obama: US-Japan alliance a security “cornerstone”
5:12 P.M. EDT
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Let me officially welcome the opportunity to speak again with Prime Minister Kan. We had an opportunity for intensive dialogue when we met together at the G8 in Toronto. And once again, we have reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance not only to regional stability, not only to the security of both our countries, but we believe it’s one of the cornerstones of peace and security throughout the world.
Press Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs Jeff Bader, and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes
2:08 P.M. EDT
MR. GIBBS: Good afternoon. Sorry we are starting late. The bilateral meeting with Premier Wen of China started late and lasted longer than was previously scheduled. So before we do questions, we will start first with — I think many of you know Jeff Bader, senior director at the National Security Council for Asia, who can talk a bit about the meeting that was just concluded. And then we’ll have Ben Rhodes talk and answer questions that you may have about the President’s speech to the General Assembly.
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4:10 P.M. EDT
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you, everybody. Thank you. Please have a seat. Well, I am thrilled to be here. I want to thank President Clinton for the kind, although protocol-busting, introduction. (Laughter.) And I want to thank him for inviting me back to join you at this year’s meeting.
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“I am deeply disappointed by the unanimous Republican blockade in the Senate of the DISCLOSE Act, a critical piece of legislation that would control the flood of special interest money into our elections. Today’s decision by a partisan minority to block this legislation is a victory for special interests and U.S. corporations – including foreign-controlled ones – who are now allowed to spend unlimited money to fill our airwaves, mailboxes and phone lines right up until Election Day. And it comes at the expense of the American people, who no longer have the right to know who is financing these ads in an attempt to influence an election for their preferred candidate. Wall Street, the insurance lobby, oil companies and other special interests are now one step closer to taking Congress back and returning to the days when lobbyists wrote the laws. But despite today’s setback, I will continue fighting to ensure that our democracy stays where it belongs — in the hands of the American people.”
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GUANABACOA, Cuba — A Cuban man who sewed his mouth shut after launching a hunger strike to protest confiscation of electronic devices by customs officials has collapsed and been sent to a hospital, his son said Thursday.
As the President made clear in his speech to the General Assembly today, the promotion of human rights and democracy is central to his vision of the world we are trying to build. Freedom, justice, and peace in the world must begin with freedom, justice, and peace in the lives of individual human beings.
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The UK and U.S. are committed to ensuring the most effective possible international response to Pakistan’s ongoing flood disaster. We recognize the enormous scale of the devastation and Pakistan’s continuing humanitarian and recovery needs.