September 26th, 2009
08:07 AM ET
12 years ago

Iran's president rejects Obama accusations about nuclear efforts

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama's accusations that Iran's nuclear program runs afoul of international agreements are "baseless," the Islamic republic's president told CNN's Larry King on Friday.

"We did not expect Mr. Obama within less than 48 hours, to basically violate the commitment that he spoke of at the United Nations," said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Iranian leader was referring to Obama's Wednesday speech to the U.N. General Assembly, where Obama called for international unity in attacking the world's challenges.

Asked if he was expressing disappointment in the U.S. president, Ahmadinejad responded, "We simply didn't expect him to say something that was ... was baseless."

Earlier Friday evening Obama said "Iran is on notice" regarding its nuclear efforts, and that the international community is united in its opposition to Tehran's nuclear program.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Good grief!

    Why any U.S. news organization would give this idiot the chance to spout his garbage is beyond belief !!!!!!!!!

    September 26, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. ran

    Find a way to work with the people of Iran and this jerk will be history.

    September 26, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. Melissa

    Yeah well, Ahmadinejad is one of the most twisted people on the planet. He can reject all he wants, it doesn't mean anyone will believe him.

    September 26, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. Hugo

    Let's see, we have had this intel for 3 years.... Puts a whole new perspective on bomb, bomb, bomb Iran now doesn't it? Obama and the UN will do nothing to dismantle the nuke program and Israel will have to do what they have to do alone.

    TIP: Invest in Oil

    September 26, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  5. Republicans are the American Taliban

    The Iranian President remember is a Republican....and will give answers to pander to his base....

    September 26, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  6. ib

    This president is weak and it's beginning to show; the people that want to destroy us are laughing in our faces. I hope you people are happy with your "change". This shows why we should be drilling for our own oil and drilling now. It's time we stood up to hard core left wingers.

    September 26, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. annie against biased news

    obama is so lacking in ability to deal with foreign affairs that this has put our country in extreme danger! Hillary was so right – the only thing this man brings to the table is a good speech! Now we have heard the same speech over and over and over and obama still does not have the qualifications or the experience to deal with real life issues. AMERICA does not need some fool out apologizing for our great country – it needs someone with a working knowledge on how to deal correctly with all issues that face any great nation. Someone who knows the history of our great country and goes to 'work' (not campaigning) everyday with dignity and compassion not arrogance and an elitist attitude.

    September 26, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Vocal Senior

    Why do we expect someone to behave or comment rationally, when they have never demonstrated in the past of having such a capacity.

    Why do we expect a leader of a country, who probably fixed the election, to listen to other than his own distorted perception opinion. BUSH didn't.

    Why do we even give a legitimate platform to this type of person to spew their lies to billions of people. Did we learn enough from PALIN.

    Perhaps we need to access our own rationalization.

    Keep in mind Ahmadinejad is simply a puppet and the not the power.

    September 26, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. victim of republican greed

    It is good to see that something is finally being done to slow down Mahmoud and his nuclear program.

    Good to have a president that can build a coalition of countries to deal with this moron, instead of the Cowboy.

    September 26, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. No Incumbents 2010

    Ahmadinejad stole the election and anyone who believes his lies is insane. No responsible media outlet should give him a platform. Ahmadinejad is a powerless figurehead who doesn't even really govern his own country.

    September 26, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. victim of republican greed

    I'll bet the right wingnuts will complain about Obama picking on Ahmadinejad.

    September 26, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. mjm

    This is terrible! Doesn’t Iran know that they should be going "green"?

    You know who needs to build more nuclear power plants? The US.

    September 26, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. victim of republican greed

    The big issue for wingnuts is whether South Carolina can fly a foreign flag on their capitol dome. Nothing else seems to be important to them.

    September 26, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |