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UN Walkout Over Ahmadinejad Speech!

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  1. Buchanan

    Buchanan JF Diamond Member

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    Ahmadinejad said many believed 'some segments within the US government' orchestrated the 9/11 attacks [Reuters]

    US diplomats and other Western delegations have walked out of a United Nations summit as the Iranian president said some believe the 9/11 attacks on the US was the work of Americans to save Israel.

    Two US officials led the walkout as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the General Assemly in New York on Thursday. They were quickly followed by the British and other Western delegations.

    Ahmadinejad said there was a theory that "some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips 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," he said.

    PJ Crowley, the US assistant secretary of state, told Al Jazeera the statement was "totally outrageous".

    "[Those killed in the attacks] were people of all faiths, all nationalities. They were killed by 19 people, a plot perpetrated by al-Qaeda," he said.

    "We know who did it and they have admitted who did it. This idea that nine years later there is still some debate about who did it and why is outrageous."

    Lawrence Cannon, Canada's foreign minister, called Ahmadinejad's comments "unacceptable" and "a blatant violation of international standards and of the very spirit of the UN".

    About 3,000 people died when hijackers crashed planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and a fourth aircraft plummeted into a Pennsylvania field in 2001.

    '9/11 denier'

    Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera's senior political analyst, said: "[Ahmadinejad's] attack on the traditional version of the 9/11 story was similar to his attack on the traditional version of the holocaust.

    "So you can now say President Ahmadinejad is both a 9/11 denier and a Holocaust denier.

    "And that simply does not set a positive tone for any negotiations with the Americans, but also underlines that Iran is not interested in talks anytime soon."

    Ahmadinejad briefly touched on the four sets of UN sanctions imposed on his country over Tehran's refusal stop enriching uranium and to prove Iran is 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 UN Security Council in June imposed a fourth set of sanctions against Iran and the European Union and the US have added even more extensive sanctions targeting its foreign trade.

    Iran insists that its nuclear programme has only peaceful intentions.

    In his speech, Ahmadinejad condemned some of the permanent members of the UN Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the US - for monopolising nuclear power.

    He said the criticism of Iran comes "at the same time they have continued to maintain, expand and upgrade their own nuclear arsenals."

    He said 2011 should be declared a year of nuclear disarmament - "Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for None".

    Ahmadinejad said that Iran was ready for negotiations but dismissed suggestions that such an act would be giving in to international pressure.

    "We have never submitted to illegally imposed pressures nor will we ever do so. It has been said that they want to pressure Iran into a dialogue," he said.

    "Firstly, Iran has always been ready for a dialogue based on respect and justice. Secondly, methods based on disrespecting nations have long become ineffective."

    US 'door open'

    Hours before Ahmadinejad's speech, Barack Obama, the US president, told the General Assembly that the US was open to diplomacy with Iran only if it proves that its nuclear ambitions are peaceful.

    "The United States and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with Iran, and the door remains open to diplomacy should Iran choose to walk through it," he said.

    "But the Iranian government must demonstrate a clear and credible commitment, and confirm to the world the peaceful intent of its nuclear programme."

    However, Obama also noted that he made the same overture, in the same forum, a year ago, and tensions continue.

    About 800 people including many of Iranian origin protested outside the UN headquarters as Ahmadinejad was attending the General Assembly.

    They chanted "Ahmadinejad is a terrorist" and staged a street performance depicting people stained with fake blood and scenes of hanging and stoning.

    "It is time for the international community to stop dealing with Ahmadinejad and finally recognise and empower the opposition, so that the Iranian people can finally get the democratic change it deserves," Ali Safavi, a demonstrator, said.

    Many of the demonstrators were affiliated with the the People's Mujahidin Organisation of Iran, which is officially listed as a foreign terrorist organisation in the US, although a judge ruled in July that it should be removed from the blacklist

    Source: Aljazeera.
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    Ahmadinejad Sorry For Traffic, Not 9/11 Comments

    Reiterates U.S. Gov't Responsible For Sept. 11; Praises NYPD

    [​IMG] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

    [​IMG] Reporting Marcia Kramer

    NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is standing behind his claims that the United States was behind the 9/11 attacks — a statement President Barack Obama said is “hateful.”
    CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer attended a 90-minute press conference held by the incendiary official on Friday.
    There were bomb dogs and barricades and enough protection agents to fill a Broadway theater. And since this was street theater, the NYPD stopped traffic for the arrival of Ahmadinejad’s motorcade.
    But would he apologize for his traffic-stopping comments about 9/11? No way.
    “I did not pass judgment, but don’t you feel it is time to have a fact-finding committee,” Ahmadinejad said.
    The Iranian leader wants the fact-finding committee to investigate several of his of the Wall theories about why 9/11 happened, like the one he made at the UN General Assembly.
    “Some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attacks to reverse the declining economy and its grips on the Middle East in order to save the Zionist regime,” he said.
    To which President Obama replied, “It was offensive. It was hateful and particularly for him to make the statement here in Manhattan, just a little north of ground zero, where families lost their loved, ones was inexcusable.”
    And get this: in trying to explain his 9/11 theories, Ahmadinejad said his real concern is for the poor American taxpayer, who after the terror attacks has been shelling out billions for the war on terror.
    “We are trying to defend the rights of the American people here so their money is not used to kill people in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Ahmadinejad said.
    President Obama was so upset with the Iranian leader that he gave an interview to BBC Persian TV in an attempt to go around Ahmadinejad and reach his people directly. He also wanted to explain why the United States felt it had to impose sanctions on the country.
    “Iran has not been able to convince the international community that its nuclear program is peaceful,” Obama said.
    While President Ahmadinejad refused to apologize for the 9/11 comments, he did want New Yorkers to know he is sorry for the traffic jams he’s caused and he praised the NYPD for making it easier for him to get around.

    Source: Ahmadinejad Sorry For Traffic, Not 9/11 Comments « CBS New York- News, Sports, Weather, Traffic and the Best of NY

    Bravo Ahmadinejad Speech
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    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: United Nations needs to investigate my 9/11 conspiracy theory

    [​IMG] Matthews/AP
    What, him worry? Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reacts as he speaks during a news conference in New York, Friday.

    Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the UN to find the "true reason" behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks Friday during a press conference near Ground Zero.
    "Don't you feel that the time has come to have a fact finding committee?" the outspoken leader asked, echoing a speech he gave Thursday to the UN General Assembly, when he accused the US government of having a hand in the attacks.
    "An event occurred, and under the pretext of that event two countries were invaded and up to now hundreds of thousands of people have been killed as a result. Don't you feel that that excuse has to be revised?" he asked Friday.
    "Why do you assume that all nations must accept what the US government tells them?"
    President Obama criticized Ahmadinejad's remarks before the General Assembly on Friday, calling them "offensive" and "hateful."
    "For him to make a statement like that was inexcusable," Obama said.

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