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. This is Weak

    I thought It was called freedom of speech, and United states can't even listen to the speech. Pathetic Americans, you guys are crap and should be sitting here listening to every word he has to say, because apparently you want to protect your freedom of speech and you had your say when you made that stupid video, now he is a leader and you wont even give him respect. DOWN WITH ISRAEL.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • doubledees

      huummmmmmmmmmmm you must be a muslim.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • TomParis

      You sound like a whining crying child, much like the rest of your fellow Arab spingers

      September 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hairless Ape

      He has the freedom of speech – no one is stopping him from spouting his nonsense. Th US also has the freedom to not listen to inane ramblings. Also "we", as a nation, did not create that equally inane video. Given the rational response to it in the Muslim world, you've no room to criticize anyone.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BigTBone

    I care nothing for what this kook has to say. I can read it later.

    I do care what the people of Iran have to say. I've been told since I was a kid that we need to hate them, bomb them, stop them at any cost... That was 30+ years ago.

    September 26, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • closet atheist

      You're making the assumption that amhadinejad speaks for the people of iran....

      September 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. This is Weak

    He is speaking in kind, soft words, not making any radical generalizations, just a eastern touch of words compared to Americans who don't write their own speeches but pay Jews millions of dollars to do so for them

    September 26, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RDrew

    The acid test of anyone's freedom starts with freedom of speech, to assemble, to argue, yes and even to hate, lie, embellish, whatever. Given that try it in IRAN and like the poor woman that got a bullet in her head for trying, you to will be suppressed. Very little freedom, 2nd class women rights and hatred for jews are all Iranian government crap, while so many Iranians long for freedom. It will come....hopefully sooner than later. Syria then Iran...

    September 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ER

    Why are people touting free speech? This isn't about free speech. This is about making a point that we do not want to be around when a crazy leader who wants to rid the world of Jews is speaking. He can make all the claims he wants, but at the end of the day the U.S. cannot condone the obliteration of Jews.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. pork&beans

    I think it's childish for our representatives to take their proverbial toys and go home.
    Furthering the warmonger clause, I guess.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wilton33305

    Can't we all just get along ? Oh wait It didn't work for Rodney King either, Nevermind....

    September 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JohnQPubliqu

    It must certainly be great to be able to come to the United States and use the UN forum to spit on us and make insane demands against us with no retribution for his ignorant and hate-filled speech. I'm sure that those speaking out against the Iranian state in Iran are offered the same stage without retribution in his country. Get the US out of the UN and get the UN out of the US.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Stevenson Kyles

    Freedom of speech should be respected by every country, the man is not talking ignorance he is being real. If we ignore everything this country says we might as well prepare for war.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthbetold

      We don't ignore all countries...just leaders who have a history of spewing hatred.

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

    US preaches to all but the behaves like a child when it is their time to listen to others. Hypocrite!

    September 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pancha Chandra

    President Ahmadinejad has used the international stage to attack the United States in every conceivable way. It is understandable the US has shown total contempt for him and for his policies. Israel and Iran are inveterate enemies! So it comes as no shock that Ahmadinejad's comments are vitriolic. But he has to be stopped in his tracks for making the world a more dangerous place.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truthbetold

      According to many dopes in here we have to sit and listen every time he talks or else we don't believe in free speech.....

      September 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sardukl

      Ahmed just speaks while US just bombs . Big difference, fool Chandra!

      September 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sardukl

    America is the biggest coward. Where is your "Freedom of Speech" now?
    . I'll bet it is AIPAC and Israel-Firsters trying to make US officials not attend Ahmed's speech.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hairless Ape

      He is speaking – that is Freedom of Speech. Unlike in his own country where it does not exist.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. crysis63

    the only thing i agree with Ahmadinejad is that Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth. they harass the defenseless Palestinians on a daily basis and shell women and children with their fighter helicopters. this is my opinion, like it or not i don't care.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wildone

    If the United Nations countries don't walk out on him, then I would suggest that the United States (which is the largest source of funding for the UN's various programs designed to keep peace in the world) cancel their membership. The United States doesn't need the UN as much as the UN needs the United States.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Edward

    Very Sad how this country became famous because of evil not for the good of mankind

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