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Sectarian conflict has remark.
The potential spread of weapons of mass destruction.
Continues to cast a shadow over pursuit of peace.
Nowhere have we seen these trends converge more powerful it.
-- peaceful protests against authoritarian regime were met with -- repression and slaughter.
We believe -- as a starting point the international community must enforce the ban on chemical weapons.
I stated my willingness to order a limited strike against the Assad regime in response to the -- use of chemical weapons.
I did not do so like.
I did so because I believe it is in the national security interest of the United States.
And in the interest of the world.
To meaningfully and -- they prohibition whose origins are older than the United Nations itself.
The evidence is overwhelming.
The gifts averaging use such weapons on August when he first.
UN inspectors gave a clear accounting that advanced rockets fired large quantities of serin gas at -- These rockets were fired from a regime controlled neighborhood.
In opposition neighborhoods.
It's an insult to human race.
And total legitimacy of this institution.
To suggest that anyone other than the regime carried out this attack.
Now there must be a strong Security Council resolution.
To verify that -- out regime is keeping its commitments.
And there must be consequences if they failed to do -- If we cannot agree.
Even on this.
That it will show that the United Nations is incapable of enforcing.
The most basic of international -- My preference has always been a diplomatic resolution this issue.
We are not seeking regime change and we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear -- Instead we insist.
But you're running government meet its responsibilities under the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and UN Security Council resolutions.
So these statements made made by our respective governments.
Should offer the basis for a meaningful agreement.
We should be able to achieve a resolution.
That respects the rights of -- -- people.
While giving the world confidence that you're running -- program is peaceful.
But to succeed.
Conciliatory words will have to be matched by actions that are transparent.
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