President Bush address U.N. General Assembly

by Michelle Franzen
NBC News

President Bush had tough words Tuesday when he spoke before the United Nations General Assembly.

At a time when the United States is fronting two wars and engaged in a verbal showdown with Iran, President Bush urged world leaders to follow the principles set up by the United Nations more than half a century ago.
"Every member of the United Nations must join in this mission of liberation," President Bush said.

Before the President's speech, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon told the General Assembly that the global challenges facing the world, including climate change, poverty and war are enormous.
Ban Ki-Moon said, "They are problems that respect no borders that no country big or small, rich or poor, can resolve on its own."

President Bush accused the world body of ignoring human rights abuses around the world and announced U.S. sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar.

He also criticized widespread human rights violations across the globe and the failure of the United Nations to take a tougher stand.
"This body has been silent on repression by regimes from Havana to Caracas to Pyongyang and Tehran, while focusing its criticism excessively on Israel," said Bush.

President Bush did not mention Iran's nuclear program or its leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Ahmadinejad, who spoke Monday before an audience at Columbia University, will speak before the General Assembly Tuesday afternoon.