World leaders have gathered at the U.N. in New York City to discuss global issues all week for the U.N. General Assembly.
President Obama addressed the General Assembly earlier this week and issued a strict warning against a nuclear Iran. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had his turn at the podium yesterday. Today, Palestinians are expected to ask for expanded status in the U.N., followed by a speech from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. CNN Foreign Affairs Reporter Elise Labott joins Zoraida Sambolin and Alina Cho on “Early Start” with a preview of today’s U.N. General Assembly proceedings.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a dramatic stand for full statehood at the U.N. when he addressed the General Assembly last year. This year, he is expected to campaign for observer status, Labott says. Many are viewing Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address as his “final warning on Iran.” “I think he’s going to warn the world about Iran’s nuclear program,” Labott says.
Surprisingly enough, President Ahmadinejad’s speech yesterday was far more muted than Labott had predicted. “Instead, he talked about that new world order that he sees, when the world powers would have less influence,” Labott. The irony also lies in the fact that “Iran is a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, Israel is not.” There is now a fear of a possible nuclear race in the Middle East if Iran becomes nuclear, since Israel is already nuclear. Labott says that many countries are saying they must “address this double standard and have a nuclear free Middle East, and Israel doesn’t even want to talk about it.”