US walks out on Ahmadinejad UN speech

2010-09-24 12:09

The US delegation walked out of the UN speech of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday after he said some in the world have speculated that Americans were actually behind the September 11 2001 terror attacks, staged in an attempt to assure Israel’s survival.

He did not explain the logic of that statement as he attacked the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Ahmadinejad said there were three theories about the attacks:

That a “powerful and complex terrorist group” had penetrated US intelligence and defences.

“That some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grip on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view.”

The Americans stood and walked out without listening to the third theory that the attack was the work of “a terrorist group but the American government supported and took advantage of the situation”.

Mark Kornblau, spokesperson of the US Mission to the world body, issued a statement within moments of Ahmadinejad’s attack.

“Rather than representing the aspirations and goodwill of the Iranian people,” he said, “Mr Ahmadinejad has yet again chosen to spout vile conspiracy theories and anti-Semitic slurs that are as abhorrent and delusional as they are predictable.”

The Iranian leader spoke of threats to burn the Koran by a small American church in Florida to mark the anniversary of the terror attacks. Although that church backed down several copycat burnings were posted on the Internet and broadcast in the Muslim world.

“Very recently the world witnessed the ugly and inhumane act of burning the holy Koran,” Ahmadinejad said.

He briefly touched on the four sets of sanctions imposed on his country by the UN over Tehran’s refusal stop enriching uranium and to prove Iran was not trying to build an atomic bomb.

Some members of the Security Council have “equated nuclear energy with nuclear bombs”, Ahmadinejad said.

He accused the US of building up its nuclear arsenal instead of dismantling it and reiterated his call for a nuclear-free world.

“The nuclear bomb is the worst inhumane weapon and which must totally be eliminated. The NPT (Nonproliferation Treaty) prohibits its development and stockpiling and calls for nuclear disarmament,” the Iranian president said. 

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