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Ahmadinejad blames U.S. for 9/11

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Thursday. Photo: AP  

In a remark that sparked outrage in the U.S., Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the 9/11 attack to reverse the declining American economy.

The Iranian President told a UN meeting that most people believe the U.S. government staged the 9/11 attacks.

There was a theory that “some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East, in order also to save the Zionist regime,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said, sparking a U.S. delegation led Western walkout in the UN General Assembly.

“The majority of the American people as well as other nations and politicians agree with this view,” he added.

Mr. Ahmadinejad then urged the UN to carry out an investigation that would determine what happened on 9/11.

“It is proposed that the United Nations set up an independent fact-finding group for the event of September 11 so that in the future, expressing views about it is not forbidden,” he said on Thursday.

He also accused the U.S. for using 9/11 to start wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as bullying Iran about its nuclear programme while maintaining it own nuclear weapons.

The Iranian President, however, indicated that Tehran would be ready for talks on its nuclear programme if they were premised on “justice and respect.”




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