US President Barack Obama has defended the use of force at his acceptance speech for the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
Speaking in Norway’s capital Oslo, Obama said instruments of war did have a role to play in preserving peace.
He also called for tough action against countries that broke international law.
“I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: evil does exist in the world. A non-violent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al Qaeda’s leaders to lay down theirs arms. To say force is something necessary is not a call to cynicism – it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason”.
Obama also said countering nuclear proliferation, addressing climate change and stabilising countries like Afghanistan were among his top priorities.