United Nations: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at Israel on Wednesday during his speech before the UN General Assembly, saying Iran is under threat of military action from “uncivilized Zionists.
“Continued threat by the uncivilized Zionists to resort to military action against our great nation is a clear example of this bitter reality,” the president said.
Israel and the US boycotted Ahmadinejad’s speech during the day two of the United Nations General Debate.
According to media reports, spokeswoman for the US Mission to the United Nations, Erin Peltonsaid said that the US delegation “decided not to attend” Ahmadinejad’s speech.
“Over the past couple of days, we’ve seen Mr. Ahmadinejad once again use his trip to the U.N. not to address the legitimate aspirations of the Iranian people, but to instead spout paranoid theories and repulsive slurs against Israel.”
It was the eighth appearance of Ahmadinejad before the 193-nation assembly and his last before his second and final term ends next year, Reuters reported.
In his speech at the assembly, Ahmadinejad told delegates that Iran has a “global vision and welcomes any effort intended to provide and promote peace, stability and tranquility” in the world.
However, an “arms race and intimidation by nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction by the hegemonic powers have become prevalent,” he said, and Iran finds itself under threat from world powers seeking to impose their views.
“Continued threat by the uncivilized Zionists to resort to military action against our great nation is a clear example of this bitter reality,” he said.
Ahmadinejad also criticized the “present oppressive world order” in which “poverty is imposed on nations, and powers’ ambitions and goals are pursued either through deceits or resort to force.”
“The current abysmal situation of the world and the bitter incidents of history are due mainly to the wrong management of the world and the self-proclaimed centers of power who have entrusted themselves to the devil,” he said.