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US military power must be our tool of last resort, not our first, says Biden at UNGA

21/09/2021 at 9:39 PM

New York, Sept 21: In his first speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) since taking office, US President Joe Biden said, “We are facing the threat of terrorism today, we have ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan & as we close this war, we are opening doors of diplomacy… No matter how challenging problems we face, the US will deliver the best.

The US military power must be our tool of last resort, not our first, he added.

We are not seeking a new cold war, where the world is divided…US is ready to work with any nation that pursues peaceful resolutions…because we have all suffered consequences of our failures.

The US remains committed to preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapon… We seek serious and sustained diplomacy to pursue complete demilitarisation of the Korean peninsula, Biden said in his address.

The US is not the same country it was when attacked on 9/11, 20 years ago. Today we are better equipped and more resilient…., countering the propaganda, he added.

We know the bitter sting of terrorism. Last month, we lost 13 American heroes and many Afghan civilians in the heinous terrorist attack at Kabul airport. Those who commit acts of terrorism against us will find a determined enemy in the United States.

The United States will continue to defend itself and its allies against terrorism.

UNSC adopted a resolution outlining how to support people of Afghanistan, laid out the expectations from the Taliban…We all must advocate the rights of women, girls to pursue their dreams free of violence and intimidation, said the US President.

The future belongs to those who give their people the ability to breathe free, not those who seek to suffocate their people with ‘iron hands’, he added.

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