(CNN) - President Barack Obama reframed U.S. foreign policy priorities on Tuesday by focusing his administration's immediate attention on Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and the Middle East conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
"While these issues are not the cause of all the region's problems, they have been a major source of instability for far too long, and resolving them can help serve as a foundation for a broader peace," he said in a 50-minute speech on the opening day of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
China says it has banned the export to North Korea of several weapon-related technologies which could be used in the development of nuclear weapons.
China's Commerce Ministry published the list, which includes components for nuclear explosive devices and rocket systems, on Monday.
It said the move would help implement UN resolutions on North Korea, and would be effective immediately.
Analysts say the ban shows China taking a firmer line against its ally.
Thank you China and Good job Mr President .
Obama, grab this opportunity. In the world every one is not a crook. Know this. I am a very highly educated guiding you. Just be amicable to middle-east. But tighten our visas to these nations. Grab it, he wants to be friendly to USA–they know the mess in the middle east. Good luck, god bless. Be stern on Healthcare. Do not move an inch.
The long slog continues. Stay after it, Mr. President. This is the price: seemingly fruitless efforts at first, but enough focus will start changing the game. It WILL pay off.
Some journalists are saying the President got snubbed today by the Iranian President. Huh? Did they see something I didn't? The President's office NEVER said there was a meeting planned. They said they were open to it if it was possible that is all. The press got their underwear in a knot about would or wouldn't they and hyped it all day as usual. What did happen was both Presidents made great strides toward diplomacy in their speeches and Kerry and the Iranian counterpart are meeting for talks on Thursday. That is huge. Rome wasn't built in a day you know. If Israel knows what is good for it it will welcome this chance at diplomacy. What is the alternative? More unrest, hatred and possible violence. Give peace a chance. It looks like chemicals will be taken from Syria thanks to the President's threat of attacks. Assad doesn't want to end up like the leaders in Egypt and Libya. Israel and the Palestines have a chance finally at some sensible talks if the war mongers in the US don't blow it. All in all, despite the silly criticism from the President's opponents, a lot of positive events are finally taking shape. Not perfect, but steps in the right direction.
It should be foreign policy based on carrots and sticks ie reward and punishment whenever necessary.