Members of the U.S. delegation and several European delegations at the United Nations walked out during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's address to the General Assembly on Thursday afternoon.
During his address, Ahmadinejad (pictured) said the U.S. government views Zionism as "sacred," and said that "European countries still use the Holocaust after six decades as the excuse to pay ransom or fine to Zionists."
Delegations from the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom,Â Ireland, France and other nations walked out during the speech.
Ahmadinejad also called the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania "mysterious" and a pretext for an American-led war against Afghanistan and Iraq.
He also said that "nations of the world are unhappy with current international circumstances," noting widespread income disparities and blaming the United States for the effects of issues ranging from the trans-Atlantic slave trade, World War II, the global financial crisis, recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict, among others.
Mark Kornblau, spokesman for the U.S. mission to the United Nations, said Ahmadinejad "had a chance to address his own peopleâs aspirations for freedom and dignity, but instead he again turned to abhorrent anti-Semitic slurs and despicable conspiracy theories."
A night earlier, Ahmadinejad declared his country to be "a new model for life to the world."MORE COVERAGE OF U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY