September 24th, 2009
02:00 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama leads summit's adoption of nuclear arms resolution

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) - A rare meeting of U.N. Security Council heads of state, led for the first time by a U.S. president, adopted a resolution Thursday focused on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.

President Obama challenged the gathering, which included leaders of nuclear powers including Russia, China, Great Britain and France, to overcome cynicism against the goal of ridding the planet of nuclear arms.

"We harbor no illusions about the difficulty of bringing about a world without nuclear weapons," Obama said, adding that Thursday's meeting signaled a significant step forward in cooperative global action.

The resolution, which was adopted unanimously, calls for tighter controls on nuclear materials to prevent them from being stolen or used for military purposes. It also encourages enforcement of international treaties and U.N. resolutions regarding nuclear non-proliferation, particularly when nations such as Iran and North Korea are in violation.

"The world must stand together," Obama said. "We must demonstrate that international law is not an empty promise."

It was the first Security Council summit chaired by a U.S. president, and only the fifth time that Security Council heads of state have met. Obama led the meeting because the United States holds the revolving presidency of the Security Council in September.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. RH

    Hillary's looking awfully glum.

    September 24, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Scott, Tucson

    Boy...who side is Obama working for, ours or our enemies?
    Well why don't Obama practice his anti-gun ideals here, he can give up any and all of our Nukes first and see if the other side would do the same? They would by dropping them on our cities.

    September 24, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Jimmy the Greek

    Obama can't get Iran to stop developing nuclear technology... but he thinks he can get the world to disarm???

    Hey Obama.... why don't you just fly back to DC on your magical unicorn??

    September 24, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama leads? That's an oxymoron. It's more like Obama lectures.

    September 24, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Liberal4Obama

    That was kinda cool Obama holding the gavel at the UN, this one is for the history books.

    September 24, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Helen, NY

    HIllary is napping there. No interest in Barack's speech. Barack you are irrelevant now.

    September 24, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |