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Obama on nuclear weapons, Iran and North Korea in State of the Union

Obama addressed the threat of nuclear weapons in his State of the Union address, saying sanctions were working against North Korea and that Iran was on notice.

From the prepared text:

Even as we prosecute two wars, we are also confronting perhaps the greatest danger to the American people - the threat of nuclear weapons. I have embraced the vision of John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan through a strategy that reverses the spread of these weapons, and seeks a world without them. To reduce our stockpiles and launchers, while ensuring our deterrent, the United States and Russia are completing negotiations on the farthest-reaching arms control treaty in nearly two decades. And at April's Nuclear Security Summit, we will bring forty-four nations together behind a clear goal: securing all vulnerable nuclear materials around the world in four years, so that they never fall into the hands of terrorists.
These diplomatic efforts have also strengthened our hand in dealing with those nations that insist on violating international agreements in pursuit of these weapons. That is why North Korea now faces increased isolation, and stronger sanctions - sanctions that are being vigorously enforced. That is why the international community is more united, and the Islamic Republic of Iran is more isolated. And as Iran's leaders continue to ignore their obligations, there should be no doubt: they, too, will face growing consequences.

By Politics Editor  |  January 27, 2010; 9:48 PM ET
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Pres. Obama should stop the US hypocrisy and double standards directed at Iran because of its capability to build nuclear bombs. Rather than sanctioned Iran to prevent it from building nuclear bombs that Israel already has, the US should force Israel to give up its 200-300 nuclear bombs and make the Middle East a nuclear free zone. Otherwise, Iran and the arab countries will eventually find a way to get nuclear bombs to counter Israel's nuclear bombs and bomb threats.

Posted by: marge9 | January 29, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

There SHOULD BE no doubt is the key phrase. The fact is that when it comes to those whose perceptions we care most about--the Iranian Supreme Leader, President and the IRGC--there is entirely too much doubt about America's ability to impose serious costs for noncompliance, whether that would be sanctions with teeth or harsher responses...

Posted by: PACronin1 | January 28, 2010 6:14 AM | Report abuse

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