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. fearlessdude

    American Diplomacy: "We tell you what you have to do but we will not listen to you." It is time we do the same thing to our "friends" in Israel.

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

      Tail wagging the dog!

      September 26, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mona

    They should leave a Happy Yom Kippur day banner on their seat.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. JUJUBee

    Nice to know that we still have some dignity left. They should not even let him in this country, much less give him a podium to speak from. There is no "discussion" with this man – we will never be able to reason with him, not matter how much we want to. Oh well – at least we are making the choice not to participate.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Selfish IsADisease

      According to the UN Charter EVERY Nation has the right to address the rest. It's typical of the Super vain Obama to refuse to listen to anyone else's point of view if it disagrees with him – "The great I am"

      How can he spout "Diplomacy" in the same breath as refusing to listen?

      And does he wonder the Arab world and Iran despise him when he garbles on about "Human Rights"while authorizing drones to kill innocent civilians abroad? Now THAT is Hypocrisy on a grand scale!

      September 26, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Wilton33305

      A Reply to Selfish IsADisease

      As usual everyone wants to Blame Obama ... Just FYI Obama is not part of the U.S. Delegation.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jessica

    Does anyone find it odd that the UN Delegation is ignoring Ahmadinejad while the Media throwing massive amounts of attention on him.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat


    Patrick Clawson of the neo-con Washington Inst. of Near East Studies addressing the Inst. said " We need a falsese flag to attack Iran. US should provoke Iran to make the first move".
    Great advice Mr. Clawson. Just what we and the world needs – another war.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Seventh_sense

    Rather listen from there Homes offices and Hotel rooms.
    Why? Because Israel will not likke it. CHicken.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Selfish IsADisease

      Grow up. you silly little creature! They won't be there because Obama and the Democrats are ignorant of the cultures and history of the M.E and Iran. They have NO idea how to deal with those people who DON'T need a bunch of American hypocrites telling them what to do in their OWN countries!

      And by the way, it's LIKE – not likke. How old ARE you?

      September 26, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • mmkk007

      Exactly! US has no place in the negotiating table.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lee Oates

    The US believes in Freedom of Speech as long as it does not critize the US. The US has terrorized Iran in every way possible short of invasion for (1) Their rejection of our hand-picked Dictator, (2) Iran's oil, (3) Iran daring to think that they are a free country, (4) Iran daring to think that they have a right to develop a nuclear weapon, despite the fact that Israel has near 300 and the US over 5000. The US should be booted out of the UN, and the UN moved to another country.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Agreed. These yokels should try putting themselves in someone else's shoes for once.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon, Really dude, Really

      Lee, If you are a US citizen and are so feed up with how we do things then may I make a suggestion? We don't need your kind, please leave.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat


    What is odd is that while we boycott his speech the rest of the world listens.

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

      My point exactly 🙂

      September 26, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. J Factor

    I think we should at least listen to him. It seems ch!ldish. Real Americans don't walk out on Obama when he makes one of his soc!alist speaches.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. qwidjib0

    Real mature guys.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. erin

    Why this man is given center stage in the US right now is beyond me. So why didn't the US walk out on this Ahmadinejad's speech a few days ago? He threatens to nuke us and we sit there? He wants to wipe away Israel, which is supposed to be our closest ally over there, yet we show the complete opposite. WHY? A concerned American wants to know.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      do you lack chromosomes? when did he ever say any of those things?

      September 26, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Wil

      closet ally but at what cost......

      September 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wil

      needless to say, meant closest

      September 26, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. FM

    Nuke them.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat


    "We have some dignity left"?
    Netanyahu said on April 16,2008 " 9/11 has been good for Israel. We are benefiting from attacks on Twin Towers and America struggling in Iraq"
    Then in a conversation , the video 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", " I deceived Clinton on the peace process".
    And yet our law makers fall over each other to shake his hands whenever he visits Washington and treat him as our supreme leader.
    What dignity are you talking about?

    September 26, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. singh

    How can you create Diplomacy (Peace) with Iran if the US Delegations don't want to even listen to President Ahmadinejad's Speech. This is a huge mistake for US Delegations for not even sitting down at the UN. I understand why Israel would not like to sit as its their holiday today and fine I'll even agree that Ahmadinejad goes over board sometimes but that shouldn't mean anything to the United States. The US Delegations should have been at President Ahmadinejads Speech

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

    One can listen with out attending. There is no need to be there. And criticism is fine but the statements he gives should not be legitimized – to may lives were lost and we dishonor those sacrifices by being there in person.

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

      To sum all of your concerns and issues rising between us and Iran . US republican and democrat political campaigns are funded and run mostly by Jews , so in return this country is and has been run by them no matter who the President is.
      Solution : Allow set number of free campaign-commercials per TV station an no private funding and donations to candidates.
      Done !

      September 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Read his speech

      Your ignorance feeds the pro-war eveil hatred machine...but that is all they want you for anyway. If you ever became a peace loving person, they'd have no use for you and they'd try to shut you up too just like you're attempting to do here.
      Wake up!

      September 26, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
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