Iran and North Korea should take responsibility for their nuclear program: U.S. president
If North Korea and Iran continue to disregard the regulations of the UN and IAEA on nuclear weapons, then they will have to take responsibility, President Obama said, making a speech at the 64
session of UN General Assembly in New York, Vesti television channel reported.
"If they [Pyongyang and Tehran] do not allow IAEA inspections, violate UN resolutions and put nuclear weapons higher than the safety of the world, then it needs to make them responsible," said Obama.
According to the U.S. President, the United States and world countries should not allow nuclear weapons into the hands of extremists of Al Qaeda.
Obama also highlighted his administration's preparedness to work with Russia to develop a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, RIA Novosti reported.
"We will strive to establish a new treaty with Russia in order to significantly reduce our strategic nuclear warheads and launchers. We will move forward on ratification of a treaty banning nuclear tests and will work with other countries to ensure that they also accept this agreement, so that nuclear testing is banned forever," said Obama.
At the July summit in Moscow, the Presidents of Russia and the United States, Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama, signed a document of intention to cut nearly twice the number of nuclear warheads - up to 1500-1675 units - and their carriers - to 500-1100 units. The exact figures will be agreed during negotiations on a new treaty to replace START-1, which expires in December 2009.