Obama urges US Congress to pass UNCLOS

(VOVworld) – US President Barack Obama says the US supports Southeast Asian nations as they negotiate a code of conduct with China on maritime disputes in the East Sea. Obama said in a foreign policy speech at the West Point military academy on Wednesday that the US is working to resolve these disputes through international law. He urged the US Senate to ratify the Convention on the Law of the Sea. 

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President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point's Class of 2014, in West Point, N.Y., Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Photo: AP
Obama said the world is changing rapidly bringing both opportunities and new dangers. He added that regional aggression that goes unchecked whether in the East Sea or anywhere else in the world will ultimately impact US allies and could draw in the US military. Obama said the US can’t ignore what happens beyond its borders “The military that you have joined is, and always will be the backbone of that leadership. But US military action cannot be the only, or even primary component of our leadership in every instance. That we have an interest in pursuing peace and freedom beyond our borders is not to say that every problem has a military solution.” According to President Obama, the biggest direct threat to the US in the near future is terrorism. But the US will cooperate with countries that are hiding terrorist groups to mop up the network instead of conducting invasions. Obama called on the US Congress to approve a 5 billion anti-terrorist fund to support, provide training, and build anti-terrorist capacity for partner countries.


Nhat Quynh- Huy Hoang, VOV Correspondents in Washington