NEW YORK CITY (NBCNC) - In his speech to world leaders gathering at the United Nation in New York, President Obama on Tuesday reiterated American's commitment in the Middle East.
The President spoke for about 40-minutes, saying he prefers political resolutions to on-going problems in the Middle East.
Mr. Obama however did not rule out "consequences" if the U.N.'s reaction is not firm and quick.
"I believe America must remain engaged for our own security. I believe the world is better for it," said the President.
Mr. Obama called on the U.N. to pass a resolution forcing Syria to destroy its stockpile of chemical weapons.
He also called for serious "circumstances" if President Bashar Assad does not comply.
"It will send a powerful message that the use of chemical weapons has no place in the 21st century, and that this body means what it says," President Obama said.
Despite rampant speculation, there's been no meeting, not even a head-nod or handshake between the president and his newly elected Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.
Instead President Obama called on his secretary of state to meet with the new administration to discuss dismantling Iran's suspected nuclear program.
"I am directing John Kerry to pursue this effort with the Iranian government. The roadblocks may prove to be too great, but I firmly believe the diplomatic path must be tested," said the President.
It's a test that could begin with a historic meeting between Kerry and Iran's foreign minister later this week.
Both leaders are scheduled to attend a Thursday meeting with their counterparts from the European Union, Russia and China.