Obama mentions Iranian victims of chemical weapons in U.N. speech

UNITED NATIONS Tue Sep 24, 2013 10:35am EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Segar

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, September 24, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Mike Segar

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday mentioned Iranian victims of chemical weapons in his speech at the U.N. General Assembly in what seemed a gesture to the new government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

In his address, Obama said the global consensus against the use of chemical weapons had been strengthened by memories of "soldiers suffering in trenches, Jews slaughtered in gas chambers, Iranians poisoned in the many tens of thousands."

(Reporting By Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Bill Trott)

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