September 23rd, 2010
04:07 PM ET
13 years ago

U.S. walks out of UNGA during Ahmadinejad speech

United Nations (CNN) - Delegates from the United States and other nations walked out of the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a fiery speech that criticized Washington, capitalism and the world body itself.

Though incendiary statements from Ahmadinejad are nothing new, tension in the hall grew as the Iranian leader recounted various conspiracy theories about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

"Some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack," Ahmadinejad told the General Assembly. He followed with the claim that the attacks were aimed at reversing "the declining American economy and its scripts on the Middle East in order to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people, as well as most nations and politicians around the world, agree with this view."

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  1. Johnny

    I don't agree with his speeches but when does the USA get to walk out of anything given they are the only nation to use nuclear weapons against another country and daily kill many many innocent Middle Eastern families not to mention how messed up their own people are? Those who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones ...

    September 23, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. vic, Nashville TN

    I was watching on CNN one word gibberish

    September 23, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  3. Seriously?!

    I guess the U.S. delegates couldn't handle some truths. Regardless, that is despicably rude.

    September 23, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Tim

    Well, I hope they followed their leader and apologized for their rudeness.

    September 23, 2010 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. j

    He`s pandering to the Muslim world. He could care less what we think.------

    September 23, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Canuck

    Much as I despise Ahmadinejad I think America has lost the moral high ground it once held- thanks to invading other,much weaker, countries for profit (for the arms and energy industries), institutionalised torture, ridiculously high incarceration rates, support for warmongering Israel – need I continue? Take a long , hard look in the mirror, America.

    September 23, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Andrew Messenger

    I was listening to his gibberish on PBS a few days' ago and I cannot understand why anyone on this earth wants to listen to this nut. He's lost in space. He is holding Americans hostage and he has the freedom to come to America and speak before the UN ... something is wrong with this picture. He's taunting us on our own turf (though the UN is technically the UN, it still is located in the US).

    September 23, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  8. gt

    good for them..... this guy is crazy as hitler...

    September 23, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  9. SayWhat

    I was watching the speech and it was not fiery, it was completely delusional. The US and British delegations sat through his twisted description of the history of the world and the reasons for its current problems (which did not include dictators like himself) but they got up when he claimed that there are other theories who was behind 9/11 (such as the US) and that "hundreds of thousands of people" have been killed in the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Only about 1/3 of the delegations were even present when his speech began. He should be brought before the World Court and thrown in jail, not given a forum to spread his hate and misinformation.

    September 23, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Meka


    September 23, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Ivan

    Why should the US stay when Ahmadinejad didn't attend the US President speech.

    September 23, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  12. Kelley M

    The UN is useless as long as a select few countries have the power of veto and until this has be rectified it will remain useless.

    Having said that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments/theories regarding the US being at some what responsible for 9/11 is not much different that those voiced by americal citizens since 9/11. Most people do not believe the official account of the events leading up to 9/11 and so many questions remain unanswered or answered inadequately that we do not iknow what to believe. All we know is the Republicans in charge of the United States first couse of action was to secure their oil interests in the middle east.

    The fact that U.S. walked out during Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech just shows how little U.N. really matters. They are just a bunch of nancy boys who care more about thumbing their noses at the rest of the world than actually trying to accomplish something constructive.

    My opinion is that if you walk out of the U.N. because you do not like what you hear then you are to fragile should not be there in the first place. Get serious or go home... guess the U.S.

    September 23, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. Bill

    Johnny, if you are really an American, which I don't think you are, you wouldn't take the rhetoric of a mad man like Ahmadinejad (and other anti-American) to heart. If the US didn't use the bomb on Japan and end the war, we may not have a country like we do. You should be greatful, not shameful or ungreatful like you sound. Instead of listening to the lies from the enemies, look at the facts. What sort of "innocent middle eastern families" the US have kill? Do you have proof to back up your claims. However, we have proof almost every day of the destructive terror these fanatics killing innocent women and children in the name of their god. However, when the US decides to confront these cowards on their own soil, you go and say the US is the aggressor? Grow up! If you really believe in that sort of bull they're spreading, please by all means go and live in their country and then tell me if the US is as bad as you think. Take it from me, I lived under those regimes half my live, I should know. It's a shame if you are really an American.

    September 23, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Along with the North Korea nut job , Venezuela's nut case Hugo Chavez and the Iranian dope, i think its good to let them speak so the world can see how crazy they are...kinda like letting that Fred Phelps buffoon from Kansas made a fool out of himself.....

    September 23, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  15. jh

    Ahmadinejad is a brutal dictator and a funder of terrorist organizations, who has murdered and tortured thousands of citizens and taken office by fraud. He is also a deeply ignorant little man, and far too unsophisticated on the the international stage to have weapons of mass destruction at his fingertips. The United States has every right to walk out on him.

    September 23, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. James

    The taliban of Iran. Nuke em!

    September 23, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |