U.S. delegation will not attend Ahmadinejad's U.N speech, spokeswoman says
September 26th, 2012
10:49 AM ET

U.S. delegation will not attend Ahmadinejad's U.N speech, spokeswoman says

The U.S. delegation "has decided not to attend" the speech to be delivered by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad before the United Nations General Assembly, Erin Pelton, spokeswoman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said in a statement Wednesday.

"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," Pelton said.

The Iranian leader's addresses to the assembly have often generated controversy in the past. The tensions over Tehran's disputed nuclear program and speculation over a possible attack on Iran by Israel offer ample material for drama this time around.

In previous years, several delegations have walked out during Ahmadinejad's speeches, which have assailed the United States and criticized countries that he said used the Holocaust as an "excuse to pay ransom to Zionists."

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He will be taking to the podium Wednesday, a day after President Barack Obama told the assembly that while Washington remains committed to a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear program, the United States "will do what we must to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes and to fill energy shortages, but Western leaders believe Tehran is an aspiring armed nuclear power. U.N. inspectors have also expressed doubts about the program's aims.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    The observation of this Canadian:

    Gee, it sure is nice of the Americans to allow this psycho to visit New York every year.

    September 26, 2012 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Is he talking nuke?

    September 26, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Freedtoo

    I guess they know what's coming...................lies, threats and accusations. This guy has already spoken to everybody that will listen, so why bother hearing all it again.

    September 26, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • GetThis

      Its simple. Because he speaks truth!

      September 26, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. US Citizen

    GOOD!

    September 26, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mazen

    Double Standards from Washington.. As always.. And I thought they always encourage hate speech disguising it behind the freedom of speech.. People are starting to hate you americans, believe me.. 5 years or 10 years from now, you will be forced to follow the will of the entire world.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • w2lucky

      Freedom of speech includes the freedom to walk away from crooks and liars. Oh, and people already hate Americans. And we hate closed-minded people that are unable to accept that we are a country of mixed races, religions, and provide equality for all people. Live with it.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Mazen

      You don't provide freedom of speech, not at all.. Well, I don't believe that the holocaust happened.. these camps were to burn the dead bodies.. can I say that in America?

      September 26, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Educated Listener

      Arent we able to just listen to a speech? Cant we show that maturity. There is no communication when one walks away. If Isreal doesnt like what they are going to say....Isreal should leave. If everyone that disagreed with the United States walked away, we would barely have an audience. Walking away/ not showing up was rude and the excuse about the talking about Isreal is ridiculous. We should sit and listen to his crap.....and we should expect him to sit and listen to ours. It is rude and that is the way we come across. Sorry, but if we want to be able to communicate....that requires talking and listening. (Thanks for listening) We set a poor example. I would expect children to be able to come together, listen and speak. Not necessarily agree, but listen. We want them to listen to us....We should set the example. We dont agree, but we dont have to lower ourselves to that level in order to not agree. That was done in poor taste. I would expect actions like that from him.....hmmmm. Maybe he is getting his stubborness and rudeness from...us. (Just my thoughts) and we wonder why they wont listen to us....Really?

      September 26, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      You can certainly say that in US, but you will sound like an uneducated weirdo. Freedom of speech indeed allows you the freedom to be ignorant. It doesn't mean it is accurate.

      For the record, there are living survivors of the Holocaust. Saying you don't believe it happened when there are clearly people who lived through it is pretty insane. My boss is an 84 year old professor who happens to be a Holocaust refugee. His parents unfortunately did not survive as they were murdered in a concentration camp. He just returned from Germany where the Germans had a Holocaust memorial service for the people who died. My boss's father and stepmother were remembered during this event. Denying the Holocaust is denying history. You simply sound foolish.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wil

    But wait! I detest this man and what he stands for, but didn't our President just condone the film that initiated all the protest by proclaiming our freedom of speech???

    September 26, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    Good morning all.
    Nothing new here. This happens everyyear. What he says what we say. Same old of the same old.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. Helen

    Its only been 2 minutes and I can tell you that this guy is certifiably insane...land of compassion?????? He is out of his mind! Bomb Iran now before they nuke us! Obama is a weenie!

    September 26, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Anthony Thompson

    Pandering to Israel (and more, importantly, it's supporters) once again. Same old, same old. Like a child who covers his ears because he doesn't like what someone else is saying!

    September 26, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  10. warrior

    He should have been arrested the moment he stepped off the plane!

    September 26, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • vm

      Shouldn't they have arrested Obama first. After all, many Libyians, Syrians and other are dead today, although they have never harmed Americans, only because Obama used the US military to attack them. This is a war crime when others do it and should be a war crime when US does it too.

      Allowing Obama to speak at the UN is the moral equivalent of allow other despot tyrants to have a stage at the UN.

      September 27, 2012 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Alicia

    You mean he's spouts crazy theories like the bilderbergs?...wow! imagine that!. Truth being, bilderderg is the true enemy of the free world..not iran..

    As long as CNN is in business, they will keep trying to brainwash us Americans..... and the world.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Educated Listener

    The excuse that America gives is not appropriate. It is true that he may speak venom towards Isreal. Then the Isreali representatives should leave. There is nothing more detrimental to communication than just walking away. We dont have to agree with him. We dont have to like him.....but this is the United Nations and everyone gets to speak. We should show the maturity that we want shown to us... Even by people that dont agree with us.

    I think that the United States should be the bigger person here. The protestors outside have the right to take up signs and pickett. The representatives need to sit through the crap. This is the reason the United Nations is becoming dysfunctional. I dont agree with him. I dont agree with his beliefs. I dont agree with his tactics....but there are others in the United Nations that I dont agree with also, but we dont get up and walk out or just not show up when they speak. . I say we listen to him and he listens to us....That is the only way to communicate. Just my thoughts. (Thanks for listening to my thoughts even if you dont agree, it just shows a certain level of maturity).

    September 26, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • w2lucky

      I agree with your comments but at what point do we begin to lose credibility as people by listening to someone who is completely out of touch with reality. The man is certifiably a lunatic. Would you stand around listening to a mad man?

      September 26, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Jose Serrano

      I agree, why walk away... seems childish and politically incorrect. We should then also walk away when Israel talks about Iran's non existent WMD's.. if we only sit at the U.N. for the truth, the place would be empty.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Educated Listener

      W2,
      The person we consider a lunatic runs a country. He has people who believe and support him just like......us. His people believe that we should respect their president as we demand they respect ours. He is not the only lunatic there and we have been able to tolerate listening to the others!....We should listen to his garbage then go on to the next one! Maturity...goes a long way. If we behave poorly now, how can we ever expect their country to try with us.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • vm

      Obama says in front of other world leaders that he wants dialogue to solve issues with Iran.

      But Obama doesn't what to listen. He got a Nobel Peace Prize for that?

      Are Americans really proud to have this guy as President?

      September 27, 2012 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. musings

    I'm sorry but this sends a message that you will not listen. It also shows that you are following another nation rather than leading. I know there's a lot of UN Kabuki, but if it is there as a forum to prevent war, refusing to listen to your opponents means that you would prefer conflict.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Educated Listener

      I agree completely. It doesnt take a PhD to know that we did nothing to foster better relations....and to think, we want them to listen to us and work with us regarding nuclear energy/weapons...we dont even bother to sit and listen when they talk. why in the world should they want to listen to us. Rudeness begets rudeness. We need to lead by example.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. saywhat

    Observation of an American;

    If we can allow Netanyahu on our soil who on April 18, 2008 addressing Bar Ilan University said" 9/11 HAS BEEN GOOD FOR ISRAEL. We are benefiting from attacks on Twin Towers and America struggling in Iraq"
    And in a video which surfaced in 2009 " I know what America is. Its a thing which can be moved in any direction. You move it and it won't stand in the way" And " I decieved Clinton on the peace process".
    Then I suppose we can allow any foreign leader to the UN.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Patrick

    what is wrong with this man !? He governs a country !? then its people must be unable to oust him out, or would it be that they are just as mad as he is. Atomic Iran will be the reason for WWIII ... and that won't be pretty!

    September 26, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • realtalker

      Patrick – Have you been asleep since 2005?

      September 26, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
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