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OSLO, Norway. - He acknowledges that he hasn't done much, compared with other Nobel laureates, but President Barack Obama is vowing to use the Nobel Peace Prize to "reach for the world that ought to be."
     
He accepted the prize in Oslo today, while pointing out that he leads a country that is still involved in two wars.
     
Obama said wars are sometimes necessary and justifiable. He said people must accept "the hard truth" that violence cannot be eradicated and nations sometimes must wage war to protect their citizens from evil regimes or terrorist groups.
     
Obama also said that lasting peace requires human rights and economic opportunity for individuals, and sanctions against regimes that violate international rules.
     
He said the international community must impose meaningful sanctions on nations such as Iran and North Korea when they violate limits on nuclear development. He said the same applies to nations such as Darfur and Burma when they abuse their citizens.

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