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ELEANOR HALL: The US President Barack Obama will assert himself on the world stage this week
attending his first United Nations General Assembly, before hosting a G20 meeting.

But he is under pressure on a host of issues, including trying to rekindle the Middle East peace
talks, tackling climate change and grappling with Iran's nuclear ambitions. The war in Afghanistan
is also expected to be on the agenda during his three days in New York. And the President is
already making it clear that he's not going to rush into making a decision on whether to send more
troops there.

Washington correspondent Kim Landers reports.

KIM LANDERS: Over four days Barack Obama will be plunging into the politics of the United Nations
and then hosting a summit for world leaders on the shaky global economy. But just as his domestic
honeymoon has ended, his political charm is also weakening on the international stage.

He'll host three-way talks with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, but there's little hope of a
breakthrough in his bid to revive the Middle East peace talks.

The President is also likely to get a reminder that European nations are still refusing to send
significant numbers of new troops to aid in the US-led war in Afghanistan.

BARACK OBAMA: I don't have a deadline for withdrawal but I'm certainly not somebody who believes in
indefinite occupations of other countries.

KIM LANDERS: Ahead of his first speech to the UN General Assembly, Barack Obama has embarked on a
media blitz, giving interviews to five US television networks.

The President says the election in Afghanistan did not go as smoothly as the US had hoped and he
says there are some serious issues in terms of how it was conducted. Meanwhile he's insisting that
domestic politics will not influence whether he sends more US troops to Afghanistan.

BARACK OBAMA: I'm not interested in just being in Afghanistan for the sake of being in Afghanistan
or saving face or in some way, you know, sending a message that America is here for the duration.

I think it is important that we match strategy to resources. What I'm not also going to do though
is put the resource question before the strategy question. Until I'm satisfied that we have got the
right strategy, I'm not going to be sending some young man or woman over there beyond what we
already have.

KIM LANDERS: Members of Barack Obama's Democratic Party are urging him to put the brakes on the war
effort while Senate Republicans like Lindsey Graham are demanding an influx of forces to turn
around the war.

LINDSEY GRAHAM: I am convinced that the number of coalition forces with the current state of the
Afghan army can never regain lost momentum. Admiral Mullen said we are losing momentum in
Afghanistan; we need more resources. We have a strategy that started in March. It's the
counter-insurgency strategy, it's not properly resourced. I don't believe it's possible to turn
around Afghanistan without more American combat power - somewhere near 40,000 troops.

KIM LANDERS: Barack Obama will this week also become the first US president to chair a UN Security
Council meeting. But that doesn't mean he's going to win support from Russia and China on new
sanctions against Iran, over its nuclear program.

Meanwhile Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev says his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres recently
told him Israel would not launch a pre-emptive strike against Iran.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV (translated): He said Israel doesn't intend to deliver any strike against Iran. He
said we are a peaceful country; we will not deal with such a blow.

KIM LANDERS: Dmitry Medvedev has also described such an attack as "the worst thing that can be
imagined".

The Russian President will hold private talks with Barack Obama on the sidelines of the UN General
Assembly. There'll be separate talks too with the leaders of China and Japan.

And after Barack Obama makes it through all those summits, he'll shift his attention to Pittsburgh,
where he'll host the Group of 20 meeting.

For a president who has pledged to "change the world" it's a week of high political and diplomatic
stakes.

This is Kim Landers in Washington for The World Today.