The Latest: : S.Korean leader urges talks on Pyongyang nukes

The Latest: : S.Korean leader urges talks on Pyongyang nukes

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Developments as the United Nations General Assembly marks its 70th year & world leaders debate issues gripping the global community & governments.


1:20 p.m.

p>South Korea's president says the international community should turn its attentions to resolving the stand-off over North Korea's pursuit of atomic weapons, after reaching a successful deal reached over Iran's nuclear program.

President Park Geun-hye said the North's nuclear weapons pose a threat to peace & security & the international nuclear nonproliferation regime. She urged the North to select the path of reform that would improve life for its people.

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Park criticized North Korea for threatening provocative actions that would violate Security Council resolutions. She said that could undermine efforts to resume inter-Korean dialogue & long-stalled six-nation talks its nuclear program.


1:10 p.m.

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is urging the international community to step up efforts to address the refugee crisis which has uprooted thousands from their homes & caused them to risk their lives in a flight to safety in Europe.

Speaking with journalists at the U.N. on Monday, Davutoglu said the world is not doing enough to tackle waves of refugees & migrants fleeing upheaval in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan & Libya.

Of the 1.9 million Syrians who have fled to Turkey, only approximately 300,000 are in refugee camps, while the vast majority has taken up life in towns & cities along the border. Turkey this year began stopping cargo ships from taking Syrians & others to Italy. The Turkish action drove those migrants to try the shorter yet dangerous Aegean Sea crossing to Greece.

He said the only way to prevent new waves of refugees is to stop the violence of the Syrian regime & the Islamic State group & with creation of safe areas for Syrians within their country.


1 p.m.

President Barack Obama says he & Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi primarily discussed climate alter when they met during a U.N. gathering.

India is one of the last major polluters that has not submitted its plan for combatting & coping with climate alter to the United Nations before the world's nations try to finalize a global climate pact at a Paris conference in December.

Obama says he & Modi agreed that climate alter is a "critical issue" for the world. He moreover say he's encouraged by Modi's commitment to the issue.

Modi spoke of the "uncompromising commitment" to climate alter that he & Obama share.

The leaders addressed reporters after Monday's meeting at U.N. headquarters.



President Vladimir Putin has urged the creation of a broad anti-terror coalition that would include the Syrian government troops.

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly, Putin said it was a "huge mistake" not to engage the Syrian army in the fight against the Islamic State group.

He moreover criticized the West for arming "moderate" rebels in Syria, saying they after come to join the Islamic State terror group.

Without naming the United States, he says a "single center of dominance has emerged after the end of Cold War," & attempts have been made to revise the U.N. role.


12:18 p.m

Vietnam's president has told The Associated Press that China's island-building in the disputed South China Sea violates international law & endangers maritime security.

President Truong Tan Sang (TOO-UHNG TAHN SAHNG) urged the U.S., which has expressed mounting concern over China's assertive behavior, to fully lift a ban on lethal weapons sales to Vietnam.

Sang said that would demonstrate to the world that U.S.-Vietnam relations have been fully normalized, 40 years after the end of the Vietnam War.

Sang spoke to The AP Monday as world leaders gathered at the United Nations.

Communist-ruled Vietnam & China have long-standing fraternal ties yet tensions have grown over oil exploration in disputed waters, & as China has undertaken massive land reclamation in the Spratly island chain, moreover claimed by Vietnam.


12:10 p.m.

Jordan's king is making a heartfelt defense of the kinder side of Islam in the face of "the outlaws of Islam that operate globally today."

King Abdullah II quoted the Quran: "And my mercy embraces all things."

In his address to a U.N. gathering of world leaders, he asks, "When & how did fear & intimidation creep so insidiously into our conversation when there is so much more to be said approximately the love of God?"

The king says he has called the rise of extremist groups like the Islamic State in his region, & the crisis they have caused, "a third world war, & I believe we must respond with equal intensity."

Jordan borders both Syria & Iraq, & Syrian refugees now make up 20 percent of Jordan's population.


12:10 p.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is offering more than $1.1 billion to assist with global peacekeeping efforts.

The leader of the world's second largest economy pledged $1 billion over the next decade to support the United Nations' efforts to further international cooperation & global peace & development.

Xi said China would moreover set up a permanent peacekeeping standby force of 8,000 troops to be deployed whenever necessary. China is already the biggest contributor of peacekeeping troops among the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, having sent more than 30,000 on 29 separate missions.

Xi said China would moreover provide $100 million in military assistance to the African Union over the next five years to support the establishment of an African standby peacekeeping force & to bolster the A.U.'s ability to respond to crises.

At the U.N. on Sunday, Xi said China would contribute an initial $2 billion to establish an assistance fund for meeting post-2015 goals in areas such as education, health care & economic development. He said China would seek to increase the fund to $12 billion by 2030.



President Barack Obama says the United States is willing to work with any nation, including Russia & Iran, to solve the Syrian conflict.

But he says bringing approximately an end to the four-year civil war means Syrian President Bashar Assad cannot stay in office.

Obama says Assad responded to peaceful protests with repression & killing & wouldn't be able to satisfactorily bring peace to the nation.

Obama calls the situation in Syria "an assault on all our humanity."


10:45 a.m.

President Barack Obama says the world cannot stand by while Russia violates Ukraine's integrity & sovereignty.

He says if there are no consequences for Russia's annexation of Crimea, it could happen to any other country in the United Nations.

Obama is speaking at the U.N. General Assembly. He's criticizing Russia just hours before he's set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Obama says Russia's state-controlled media depict recent events as an example of a resurgent Russia. He says that view is shared by many U.S. politicians who think the world is in a new Cold War.

But Obama says that's not true. He says Ukrainians are more interested than ever in aligning with the West.

Obama says the U.S. doesn't want to isolate Russia. He says he wants Russia to engage diplomatically & resolve the crisis in a way that lets Ukraine determine its own future.


10:35 a.m.

President Barack Obama is warning U.N member nations of the risks of failing to work together to solve world problems.

He says the work of the United Nations remains incomplete seven decades after its founding & warns that "dangerous currents risk pulling us back into a darker, more disordered world."

Addressing the U.N. General Assembly gathering of world leaders, Obama spoke of leaders who believe power is a "zero sum game," or that stronger states must impose their will on weaker ones, or that individual rights don't matter & order must be imposed by force.

Obama says the world's nations cannot go back to the "old ways of conflict & coercion" & that "we will all suffer the consequences" for failing to work together more effectively.


10:20 a.m.

Brazil's president says her country's deeply troubled economy is in a "moment of transition to another cycle of economic expansion," one that is more profound, solid & long-lasting.

President Dilma Rousseff spoke to a packed chamber Monday at the annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders. President Barack Obama was set to speak after her.

This is a time of extreme volatility for Brazil's economy, with inflation hovering around 10 percent & unemployment the highest in decades.

But Rouseff told world leaders that the economy is "stronger, more solid & resilient than some years ago."

Credit agency Standard & Poor's downgraded the country's sovereign debt to "junk" status earlier this month.

Rousseff has submitted a budget to Congress with a built-in deficit of approximately $10 billion.


9:05 a.m.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the first time is calling for the situation in Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court.

In his state of the world address to leaders from the U.N.'s 193 member states, Ban says "innocent Syrians pay the price of more barrel bombs & terrorism" & there must be no impunity for "atrocious" crimes.

His call opened the annual General Assembly gathering of world leaders that includes addresses from President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin & Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday morning alone.

Ban says five countries "hold the key" to a political solution to Syria: Russia, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey & Iran.

The U.N. chief says the Syrian conflict is "driven by regional powers & rivalries."

Source: “Associated Press”