Obama urges US to keep shuttle diplomacy going as tensions rise
President Barack Obama has urged the United States to keep its shuttle diplomacy program going as the tensions in the Middle East and South Asia rise.
Speaking to reporters after his summit with leaders from 15 countries in Beijing on Thursday, Obama said the U.S. is ready to keep working with countries to support regional stability and stability in the region.
He called on countries to “continue to work together in a constructive way” to ensure the security of the region and to ensure that the security and prosperity of all of our countries is not threatened by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorist organizations.
The administration is also pressing for a new round of U.N. sanctions to be lifted to protect the Iranian nuclear program, Obama told reporters.
“We’re going to continue to work with the other members of the Security Council to make sure that we have the ability to defend the security interests of all our countries,” Obama said.
“The United States is prepared to continue that process.”
The president has previously called for a reset of U,S.
policy toward Iran and a new U.NS. resolution to address its nuclear program.
He also said Iran’s leaders should be held accountable for its nuclear weapons program.
The United Nations Security Council last month voted to sanction Iranian officials and others over their suspected role in the deadly January 17, 2015, attack on a diplomatic convoy in Iran.
Ns. sanctions were the first to target the Islamic Republic in nearly a decade.
The president and his team have said they will not allow Iran to become a nuclear power and that it is time for the United Nations to impose sanctions on Iran.