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President Obama today mentioned -- -- -- mall massacre five minutes into his speech to the United Nations General Assembly.
He said it shows how the world is still a dangerous place even though he claims it's also more stable than when he first took office.
Even a glass of today's headlines indicates.
The dangers remain.
We've -- terrorist target.
Innocent civilians in a crowded shopping mall and our hearts go out to the families of those who have been affected.
President Obama also said the US has begun to review the way it gathers intelligence to balance security concerns with the privacy concerns of Americans and people across the globe.
He said that move is part of an overall shift away from what he called a perpetual war footing.
Ed Henry is live.
And now -- the president also reached out to Iran's new president during his speech today.
He certainly did John they're little hiccup though because both sides were talking about a potential handshake.
Maybe a hallway conversation.
Between the presidents of the United States and Iran that did not happen now -- some had been suspecting it's because President Obama didn't want to look weak on the world stage by shaking hands with the Iranian President time of such.
Division in questions about whether -- be giving in on their nuclear program -- White House officials.
Insist they were ready to have this sidelines meeting.
At the UN general assembly but it was actually the -- -- -- leader who was concerned about his own domestic politics back home.
He got cold feet didn't want to shake hands but the bottom line is.
Both men when -- address the general assembly said all the right things about trying to come together.
I don't believe this difficult history can be overcome.
-- to date.
But I do believe that if we can resolve the issue of Iran's nuclear program.
Back and serve as a major step down a long road towards a different relationship.
One based on mutual interests.
And mutual respect bill.
Already about all you yes -- -- -- and no to war -- You hear -- on Romani who had written written an op Ed piece the Washington Post on Friday saying much the same again trying to show a new bit of openness.
President Obama has now instructed -- -- secretary of state John Kerry to actually begin these diplomatic negotiation with European allies and others and in fact -- later this week is meeting with the Iran in foreign minister that's the highest level contact.
Between these two governments and over thirty years to.
But there is still a lot of skepticism it.
There is because there were very few specifics and what critics of the administration are saying is look.
What does the Iran -- president wanna do besides changing his rhetoric is there any action he's -- actually take his or any Ronnie and plan.
To actually end its thirst for nuclear weapons.
-- on that's for the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Who is not expected to address.
The UN general assembly in till next Tuesday put out a blistering statement today from Israel to make sure and weigh in.
And express a lot of skepticism about the stimulus.
Israel would welcome a genuine diplomatic solution that truly dismantles Iran's capacity to develop nuclear weapons.
But we will not be fooled by half measures that merely provide a smoke screen for -- -- continual pursuit of nuclear weapons.
And the world should not be fooled either.
Now we got that after president Obama's remarks and then a few hours later after president rule -- I had -- -- in his speech at the UN.
Prime minister Netanyahu put out a statement saying it was full of cynical.
And -- critical language so clearly he's not thinking this is going to be a good deal.
Ed Henry thanks.
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