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United States will not torture: Obama

Referring to the orders he signed earlier, Obama said: "This should send an unmistakable signal that our actions in defence of liberty will be just as our cause and that we, the people, will uphold our fundamental values as vigilantly as we protect our security."

world Updated: Jan 23, 2009 09:18 IST

Hours after signing the executive orders which included closing down of the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison, US President Barack H Obama has said that the US "will not torture" as it detains terror suspects.

"I can say without exception or equivocation that the United States will not torture," Obama told State Department officials hours after he signed three executive orders and one memorandum that ordered closer of Guantanamo Bay detention centre and CIA secret interrogation centres across the world.

It gave strict instructions that only measures mentioned in the military manual can be applied for interrogation.

"We will immediately undertake a comprehensive review to determine how to hold and try terrorism suspects to best protect our nation and the rule of law," Obama said.

"The world needs to understand that America will be unyielding in its defence of its security and relentless in its pursuit of those who would carry out terrorism or threaten the United States," he asserted.

Referring to the orders he signed earlier, Obama said: "This should send an unmistakable signal that our actions in defence of liberty will be just as our cause and that we, the people, will uphold our fundamental values as vigilantly as we protect our security."

"Once again, America's moral example must be the bedrock and the beacon of our global leadership. With those three executive orders and this memorandum, the message that we are sending around the world is that the US intends to prosecute the ongoing struggle against violence and terrorism."