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Obama: Syria Deal Could Influence Iran Nuclear Talks

In this image from video pre-taped at the White House in Washington Friday, September 13, 2013, for Sunday morning's ABC program In this image from video pre-taped at the White House in Washington Friday, September 13, 2013, for Sunday morning's ABC program "This Week" President Barack Obama answers questions about pressing national and international issues.
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In this image from video pre-taped at the White House in Washington Friday, September 13, 2013, for Sunday morning's ABC program
In this image from video pre-taped at the White House in Washington Friday, September 13, 2013, for Sunday morning's ABC program "This Week" President Barack Obama answers questions about pressing national and international issues.
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U.S. President Barack Obama says he and new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have exchanged letters about the situation in Syria, and that diplomacy backed by military threat is a model for negotiating with Tehran over its nuclear ambitions.
 
In a U.S. television interview broadcast Sunday, Obama said Iran should avoid thinking the United States would not launch a military strike in response to Tehran's nuclear program just because it has not attacked Syria.
 
He said Iranian leaders understand the U.S. concern about a potential nuclear-armed Iran "is a far larger issue" for the United States than Syria's chemical weapons.
 
Obama told ABC News "the threat against ... Israel that a nuclear Iran poses is much closer to our core interests," adding that "a nuclear arms race in the region" would be "profoundly destabilizing."
 
Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
 
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking Sunday in Jerusalem, said the recent U.S.-Russian agreement on Syria's chemical weapons also serves as a "marker" for the international community as it deals with Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.
 
"The threat of force is real and the Assad regime and all those taking part need to understand that President Obama and the United States are committed to achieve this goal. We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs because that affects all other issues, whether Iran or North Korea or any other," said Kerry.
 
Kerry briefed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on what the U.S. secretary of state called "the most far-reaching chemical weapons removal ever," after the Israeli leader said the agreement would be judged on whether it achieved the arsenal's "complete destruction."
 
Standing with Kerry, Netanyahu cautiously welcomed the deal and stressed his belief that it could have deep repercussions on Iran.  He said the determination the international community shows regarding Syria "will have a direct impact on the Syrian regime's patron, Iran."
 
Tehran's nuclear program has been one of Israel's chief concerns for years.
 
But Israeli leaders are also worried that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may fire his chemical weapons at the Jewish state in an act of desperation or that the weapons could fall into the hands of the Lebanese militant group, Hezbollah, or other hostile parties fighting in Syria's civil war.

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by: Bidwell Alfred Ikpe
September 16, 2013 1:22 PM
thi is all we are calling for peace and stability in syria please a need to meet with member forbes spgs for trade and not for war please . do investigate and not drive at war ,the citizenry of this nations are to be considered . bidwell alfred ikpe -member forbes .

by: Whistleblower from: USA
September 16, 2013 10:57 AM
This is just a diversion article, the real news is: As we approach the 100 year anniversary of the creation of the Federal Reserve, it is absolutely imperative that we get the American people to understand that the Fed is at the very heart of our economic problems. It is a system of money that was created by the bankers and that operates for the benefit of the bankers. The American people like to think that we have a “democratic system”, but there is nothing “democratic” about the Federal Reserve.

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Unelected, unaccountable central planners from a private central bank run our financial system and manage our economy. There is a reason why financial markets respond with a yawn when Barack Obama says something about the economy, but they swing wildly whenever Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke opens his mouth. The Federal Reserve has far more power over the U.S. economy than anyone else does by a huge margin. The Fed is the biggest Ponzi scheme in the history of the world, and if the American people truly understood how it really works, they would be screaming for it to be abolished immediately.

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