Obama Receives Nobel Peace Prize Medal
Thursday, 10 December 2009

President Barack Obama received the gold Nobel Peace Prize medal and diploma in a lavish ceremony in the Norwegian capital on Thursday.

He said the use of force was sometimes justified, especially on humanitarian grounds, and in the case of al Qaeda, negotiations would not cause them to lay down their arms.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee in October chose Obama as this year's Peace Prize laureate for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" and "work for a world without nuclear weapons."

The prize includes the 18-carat gold medal, the diploma and a check for 10 million Swedish crowns ($1.41 million), which Obama said he would donate to charity.

Obama accepted the Prize, acknowledging the controversy over the choice of a wartime president and saying he reserved the right to take action to protect the United States.

He also called for tough action against countries that broke international laws, such as sanctions that "exact a real price." Iran and North Korea, which are in nuclear stand-offs with the West, could not be allowed to "game the system," he said, referring to tactics employed by both countries in the past to draw out negotiations.

Source: bdnews24.com

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