April 17th, 2010
02:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Ahmadinejad slams U.S. at Tehran nuclear conference

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he sent a letter to Obama earlier this week, telling his American counterpart that Iran was his only chance at success, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he sent a letter to Obama earlier this week, telling his American counterpart that Iran was his only chance at success, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wasn't invited to the nuclear summit hosted in Washington last week, but the Iranian president had a few choice words for the United States on Saturday at another nuclear conference in Tehran.

The hardline leader slammed Western powers for what he called hypocritical and dangerous policies that can only lead to nuclear proliferation, according to remarks broadcast on state-run Press TV.

He said the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency were ineffective because they were dominated by a few nations.

"The Security Council has openly turned into a tool for the implementation of the policies of a few bullying nations," Ahmadinejad said in
This group should act in a way where all independent countries and governments could have a say and a role in running the affairs of that group," he said.

U.S. President Barack Obama has been pressing the Security Council to slap Iran with tougher sanctions for its nuclear ambitions. Iran says that its nuclear program is intended for civilian purposes.

Obama convened a 47-nation nuclear summit last week that focused on persuading Iran's reluctant trade partners like China to favor sanctions.

Ahmadinejad said he sent a letter to Obama earlier this week, telling his American counterpart that Iran was his only chance at success, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The United States and its allies should abandon policies designed to dominate the oil-rich nations of the Middle East, Ahmadinejad said Saturday, adding that reliance on arms was a sign of a country without culture.

Iran, he added, is prepared to do all it can to counter nuclear weapons.

"One of the greatest treasons by those that monopolize nuclear weapons is to equalize nukes with nuclear energy," Ahmadinejad said. "The way to produce weapons is totally different than nuclear energy. And they know these very well, but they plan to talk about both these things in their own monopolized way. "


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Brandonious

    Does anyone really care what this Hitler wannabe has to say???

    April 17, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Iran, he added, is prepared to do all it can to counter nuclear weapons.
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    Oh, good grief . . . he flipping crashed my Truth-O-Meter!

    Sorry, Ahmadinejad, not buying the rhetoric. Don't take it personal though, I'm either buying GOP rhetoric either.

    April 17, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This makes me wonder if Ahmadinejad is parnoid or is striking back in fear more than retaliation.

    April 17, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Dale

    He's almost as loony as Kim Jong Il

    April 17, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. sandy

    I say Mr.esident, stop the talking. Do the walk...you tried. Bomb them before they bomb us.

    April 17, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  6. richard

    there has been quite a few US presidents that has kept isreal from unleashing its military on iran. and ahmadinejad i swear reminds me of sarah palin. just continuing to run her/his mouth..... these 2 are getting sickening to listen too.

    April 17, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Dave

    This guy is insane! He is apparently advocating for western leaders to "act in a way where all independent countries and governments could have a say and a role in running the affairs of that group". Give me a break here - his cronies in Iran are preventing the main opposition to express itself - how on earth could he talk about freedom of expression among world leaders?
    Charity begins at home my friend.

    April 17, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Larry M

    I can't help but wonder why our current President has not gone on the public airwaves explaining why we NEED to hammer Iran NOW with sanctions or whatever it takes to prevent them from obtaining nukes.

    During the course of that telecast, he could also explain why he continues to side with the terrorist dominated Palestinians and other Arab countries while sending Hillary Clinton off to demand yet more concessions from Israel.

    What exactly have the Palestinians done in the way of concessions?with Israel? The simple answer is zero. Nearly one thousand Israelis have been killed by terrorists in the last ten years alone and Obama wants Israel to cede land to these barbarians. Israel kills no one not trying to kill them, unless as unintended collateral damage. We Americans do it all the time, but that is a natural consequence of war. If you don't want your people killed, just stop shooting off rockets at innocent civilians.

    April 17, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Robert

    There's a real revelation... Ahmadinejad slams the US...

    It's as predictable as headlines proclaiming that Republicans are unified in opposing Obama on something we really really need...

    April 17, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Papasan in Az

    Iran throwing its own "We Big We Bad" party again...
    Like what else is new.

    April 17, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. snadjafinia

    Ahmadinejad is legit!

    April 17, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  12. MRB

    When is Obama going to bring up Israel's nukes?

    April 17, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. D.H

    Watch-out Iranians in Canada! They could do anything they want. The Canadian Governments are easy to be FOOLED by Iranians and their closed SECRET ALLIANCES, such as Egyptians in Canada, Palestinian-Canadian, etc.

    April 17, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |