Sep 24, 2013 ASDNews (AFP)
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned that he remained ready to use force over Syria's chemical weapons as he demanded that the United Nations take action.
In a sometimes defensive speech at the UN General Assembly, Obama said the United States was ready to defend interests in the Middle East including ensuring "free flow of energy" and prohibiting weapons of mass destruction.
"The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure these core interests in the region," Obama told world leaders.
Obama said that the world's credibility was at stake after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.
"There must be a strong (UN) Security Council resolution to verify that the Assad regime is keeping its commitments, and there must be consequences if they fail to do so," Obama said.
"If we cannot agree even on this, then it will show that the UN is incapable of enforcing the most basic of international laws.