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. Truthbetold

    Everyone has the right to free speech. But others have the right to leave and not listen. I can't believe that any country will listen to someone who denies the holocaust happened.

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

      Free speech. Ahmedinejad has the right to say whatever he wants. I just listened to what he said, and nothing he said was out of place. He spoke against the US vetoing everything the UN tries to do to stop Israel from attacking other nations. He did the right thing, even though he may be a holocaust denier. There is nothing wrong with that when Israel denies killing innocent people. Double standards are hypocritical, just to let you know. And they do not reflect well on a superpower.

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

      Exactly my thoughts Justice.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Indian111

      Well said Justice.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • LetsBhonest

      I agree, Justice. We can all disagree about some of Ahmadinejad's rhetoric, but there is some true on now hypocritical Israel and the US gvnts' can be.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. alecprince

    Why are we boycotting him? It seamed to me everything he was talking about was spot on.He talked of peace and equality.. What is wrong with our leadership so childish..

    September 26, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthbetold

      I'm not sure if you're that naive or if you were born yesterday...

      September 26, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ludian

      listen again !!!

      September 26, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Alicia


      It's because CNN is the world mouthpiece for the bilderberg group...and they want to paint a dirty picture of anyone that isn't on board with them... including Amindinajad... why do you think CNN has run his picture for the last 4 days?...it's constant propaganda.

      Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton are the ones not to trust (I could name many others like them, but wont) because THEY also attended bilderberg meetings in recent past...and this makes Hillary an enemy of free America since, she is a government employee.

      Iran, China, Russia and a handful of other counties oppose bilderberg's philosophies...that's why they are painted "red".

      September 26, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Somebody needs to go and watch the old speeches from Hitler before he started taking over Europe. he used opt sprech the same peace spech then he rolled over Europe with his Tanks.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • hyatt

      They wont listen to him because isreal has this country wrapped around its little finger. The biggest problem Iran has is the USA support of isreal and thier zionist goverment and take over of palestine.

      Isreal is committing a slow genocide of the palestinians, and the US is financing it. How is it that a country so small recieves more Financial aid fromthe US the ALL OF AFRICA!!

      September 26, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. saywhat

    We have to walk out otherwise our supreme leader Netanyahu would see to it that some heads roll in Washington. lol

    September 26, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Indian111

      Perfect. We will have another financial crisis.

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


      September 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ancient Texan

    Our delegation should wait until he starts his speech, then walk out every time!

    September 26, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. justuandme

    He does have a point though. I mean you assume he has weapons ans you wonder if this is enough to start a war? Seems to be the premise... have we not learned from the WMD saga? In anycase the country do have a right to develop nuclear energy to support its country as others have done. All the hype that a nuclear weapon can be developed blah blah is all a scare tactic even if they did have nuclear weapons. Iran has never started a war. These theories are just being developed so Israel remain the major super power for that region. A nuclear Iran would place them on an equal playing field for that region and that is the threat everyone is afraid of... not that Iran will attack.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Spartacus

      This criminal, who was part of the Iranian Hostage Crisis and Kidnapping team of 300 Americans for over 1 entire year during the Carter administration and his Terrorist nation are now marked, and they're going down, along with their Nuclear Weapons program...Period...Welcome to the Real world Buddy !!!

      September 26, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • justuandme

      Now you see I am thinking rationally and really making a valid honest point. I am really open to valid intelligent points that would negate my point of view.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • LetsBhonest

      Well said, Justuandme. As much as I dislike Iran's president and even some of the country's politics and Sharia law, I do recognize that Iran is a sovereign nation. And as such, they have the same earthly right to develop nuclear technology as the US and any other country. Iran has never used an atomic/nuclear bomb (we have, lets not forget about that). And yes, I do also recognize the risk or possibility that Iran's govnt is secretly developing a nuclear bomb. But again, haven't we (our great USA) done that too? So lets not be hypocritical and call spade a spade.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      Exactly my thoughts. I have been saying the same thing for quite a while. Iran has never started wars, yet the US has started enough wars for everyone. They're still in the midst of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and they are dropping bombs on innocent Pakistani civilians. Last night CNN reported out of 100% of the victims of the drone plane bombs, ONLY 2% have actually hit militants. If that's not a harsh reality to wake up to, then I don't know what to say. Anyone who supports this ludicrous behavior is either blind to the truth or is no better than cattle in my opinion – following the leader and lacking any thought for oneself. This is why some Americans have said that America is now a nation of zombies. How true it is. Forget entertainment news, forget sports news, wake up to the real news America! This is the world...
      I disagree that CNN is a propaganda tool though, they are reporting the news, but they choose to highlight certain news, which is termed "making the news". Every news channel does it, so if they do it, then it's up to the people to read between the lines. Think for yourself and you'll never be deceived.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David Taylor Jr.

    I understand the reason, but this will not send a message to Iran.....

    September 26, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. crabman

    this clown is getting ready to do something-–watch

    September 26, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. alientech

    Mahdi is coming! Ahmadinejad is nuts.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      The Mahdi is more than that. Ahmedinejad is saying that we can ultimately achieve peace in our future. There are different perspectives on this eschatological figure in Muslim theology. I believe Mahdi has already come and that universal peace has its way paved, but it is up to the people to accept it, or face the consequences of their own actions by ruining themselves with their own hands. Again, the Mahdi means a lot more than just the arrival of a man of peace.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hide Behind

    Very adult move, Diplomacy by tissy fit; a child stamping foot turning around with hands over head saying; "I can't hear you!
    There is a principle of freedom within the US that has been lost and that is the RIGHT TO HOLD AND EXPRESS AN UNPOPULAR VIEWPOINT; Better known,but least understood by theye who claim it in US today, as Freedom of Speech.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Truthbetold

      Many people confuse freedom of speech with making someone else listen. He has the right to speech. We don't have to listen. Its got nothing to do with freedom. People in his own country hate him.

      September 26, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • larry

      better to bomb? I wish all conflict was settled with a simple "I can t hear you"

      September 26, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Boo

    This guy is a puppet in Iran's govt. HE HAS NO POWER.....

    September 26, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. wowser34

    I think our president should attend. It seems cowardly to avoid his speech.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Name*Donal Peter Buckley

    USA sulking and refusing to come out to play.
    The message... USA will only come out to fight.

    Diplomatic initiative US style?

    How brave America... Different diplomacy for North Korea then?

    When it's fish in a barrell time the mighty will threaten and strut.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    @Singh @wowser34

    Sorry , no can do. We take our orders from Tel Aviv.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. hannah

    our reaction speaks volumes,ahmadinejad wins,after all free speech for all,we have more power being there and listen,even the ignorant have a message

    September 26, 2012 at 11:54 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 and no private funding and donations to candidates.
      Done !

      September 26, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Truthbetold

    Ahmadinejad is such a good guy with great vision for his people. Its not like they were protesting (and killed) when he was "re-elected"......oh wait

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