“... as we close this period of relentless war, we’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy.”
Pres. Biden addresses the United Nations General Assembly - his first speech at the U.N. as president of the United States.
sep 22, 2021
- The president spoke for approx. 35 minutes.
- He emphasized the need for cooperation around collective priorities shared by the international community - such as the global pandemic, climate change and nuclear non-proliferation.
- While the president said the U.S. will not back down from defending itself, the use of the military will not be the administration's first choice in response to conflict or challenges: "Bombs and bullets cannot defend against COVID-19 or its future variants."
Interesting to note - Pres. Biden did mention Iran specifically: "The United States remains committed ... to preventing Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon."
He did not mention China or Russia, but did say, "The truth is: The democratic world is everywhere. It lives in the anti-corruption activists, the human rights defenders, the journalists, the peace protestors on the frontlines of this struggle in Belarus, Burma, Syria, Cuba, Venezuela, and everywhere in between."