US leads mass walkout of Ahmadinejad UN speech
UNITED NATIONS: The United States on Thursday led a mass walkout of
the UN General Assembly as Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched
an outspoken attack on Western nations.
The Iranian leader again cast doubt on the origins of the Holocaust
and the September 11, 2001 attacks and criticized the United States for
killing Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden rather than bringing him to
European countries use the Holocaust as an excuse to pay “ransom to
the Zionists,” he said.
The “diabolical” aims of the West are the cause of wars and the
financial crisis, Ahmadinejad stormed. In a repeat of walkouts at the
United Nations and other international events in recent years, a US
diplomat monitoring the speech in the UN General Assembly left halfway
through the 20-minute discourse.
The 27 European Union nations then followed in a coordinated protest
“Mr Ahmadinejad had a chance to address his own people’s aspirations
for freedom and dignity, but instead he again turned to abhorrent
anti-Semitic slurs and despicable conspiracy theories,” said US mission
spokesman Mark Kornblau.
A French spokesman called Ahmadinejad’s attacks “unacceptable” in a
message sent on Twitter, and the German delegation said it was
protesting the “crude, anti-American, anti-Israeli and anti-West tirade
by the Iranian president.”
Earlier Ahmadinejad had offered to halt Iran’s production of
low-enriched uranium -- which can be a stepping stone to producing
atomic weapons -- if the West supplied Tehran with the material in
But he failed to mention either the nuclear crisis with the West or
the Palestinians bid to join the UN as a full member state in his