Low-level delegates from the United States, United Kingdom and France walked out Monday as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad blasted the U.S. and Israel at a global gathering on disarmament.
Ahmadinejad said he deplored the possession and use of nuclear arms and called the weapons "a fire against humanity" rather than weapons "for defense."
Ahmadinejad blasted the United States and Israel.
He said those who "carried out the first atomic bombardment are among the most hated individuals in human history," a reference to the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
He also said Israel, which he called the Zionist regime, has been stockpiling nuclear warheads and threatens its neighbors with unconditional U.S. support. Israel has never confirmed that it possesses nuclear arms.
Western nations say Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons and has been working to stop their efforts. Tehran says its program is strictly aimed at developing nuclear energy and Ahmadinejad reiterated that stance.
He spoke at the Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The conference has been held every five years for nations to discuss how to cut the world's stockpile of nuclear weapons.