US President Barack Obama accused Iran on Tuesday of helping to keep a dicatorship in power in Syria and said it was time to isolate those who made hatred of the United States, Israel or the West their central political principle.
“Just as it restricts the rights of its own people, the Iranian government props up a dictator in Damascus and supports terrorist groups abroad,” Obama told the UN General Assembly in a reference to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“We again declare that the regime of Bashar al-Assad must come to an end so that the suffering of the Syrian people can stop, and a new dawn can begin.”
Ban rejects threats by states of potential military action
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in an apparent reference to recent comments by Israeli, Iranian and US officials, said on Tuesday he rejected threats of military action by one state against another.
While he did not specify what countries he was talking about, after criticizing Israeli settlement building, Ban told the UN General Assembly, “I also reject both the language of delegitimization and threats of potential military action by one state against another. Any such attacks would be devastating.”