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. BabeRuth Fan

    We can allow Netanyahu, a leader of a foreign country to run Romney campaign on Florida tv but have problems listening to Iran's leader at UN.
    Americans are really SLAVES OF JEWS.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • mabtest

      Really??? Do you trully believe that we are Israel's pupets???

      September 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lone Ranger

      It sure is not the other way around.
      Do Israelis ever listen to us? Do they refrain from building illegal settlements? Do they ever listen to UN? No, no & no.

      September 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 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 only set number of free campaign-commercials per TV station and no private funding and donations to candidates.
    Done !

    September 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • mabtest

      Agree to almost everything... but I go a bit further... EVERY station MUST allow BOTH candidates the SAME amount of airtime, AND in the same TIME PERIOD... No More, No Less...

      September 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hairless Ape

    To all these "America the coward, the hypocrite, where is your Freedom of Speech" commenters – the fact that this leader of a repressive, terrorist sponsoring state is being allowed an open forum for his inane commentary is the exemplification of the Freedom of Speech. We are upholding our principles in allowing him into OUR country to vocalize his hatred and ignorance. We are just excercising our freedom not to hear it.

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


      September 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©


      September 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      Finely a True American. Hallelujah 🙂

      September 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • saywhat

      @hairless ape
      Its a World Forum not a US event where we chose who to invite. All we can do is not to attend his speech and that makes us look more like pouters than a world power.

      September 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      I agree with saywhat. This is purely the dark influence of jewery on our leaders. Sad, discracful, and shameful.

      September 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • mabtest

      AMEN TO THAT!!!

      September 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tab on

    This is election time here, and we certainly need certain votes and funds. Sooner or later we will have to debate who our real allies are, and who are just pretenders, and that includes Israel. We should not make Americans cannon fodder for others interest, specially when their own young sleep in comfort. There aren't many countries that can threaten US without being crumpled, certainly Iran is not and will not be a threat even if has nuclear weapons. We should join the world in making the Middle East a nuclear free zone, if we want a true leadership role and a great degree of respect not fear in that region.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BabeRuth Fan

    I like the phrase someone said before. Slaves of Jews.
    That's what US has been reduced to. We can not do anything without Israel-Firster Jews' approval in this country. we rather call ourselves second state of Israel and have Netanyahu run US.

    September 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mussa

    I'm an Israeli and I can't believe how so many people here hate Israel just for wanting to live in peace in a tiny land like we have. So many Syrian killed every day but no one talks about it. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE. There isn't any country in the world that want to have peace more than Israel. I promise you this. But so many of you want to kills us all. WHY ?!?!? The true is clear. Just open your eyes and stop hate us and don't believe to all the lies that you've been told. We want peace. Always did !!!

    September 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      Don't worry, The world knows the truth 🙂

      September 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      I keep womdering the same thing Mussa, I cant stand how some of these ignorant people think. Im from the US and Im Catholic, so you wont see me hating on you or your people.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      Mussa, it its not the citizens I have a problem with. It is the zionist elite that wield stop much power in america I have a problem with. No other ethnic minority (2-3% total population) controls so much political power. And look at the sinister close ties b. Netinyahoo has with our leaders. Let isreal take care of isreal, americans spend more of there tax dollars on israelie defence than isreal does. There is no saine reason americans fund isreal at all

      September 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • mabtest

      Mussa, I am not jewish, but feel your pain... to to those out there that BELIEVE that Israel should not exist as such, let me remind EVERYONE that before the state of Israel existed, before the Palestinian state, before the current borders came to being, ALL OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS RESIDED THERE... Let it be Muslims, Jews, Christians... They all lived in the same region... SHARING THE LAND... The israelis have as much right to be there as the Palestinians, Syrians, Egyptians, etc... They can all COEXIST...
      Unfortunately, there is a group of extremists within Islam that want nothing short of exterminating Israel, and for that matter EVERYONE that is NOT a Muslim...
      I believe in having ALL those countries share that piece of land that BELONGED to ALL of their ancestors, and it is NOT just for one "tribe" or another...
      An old jewish man once told me after I got irrated with someone else that I must use a lot more "SAVLANUT"... and Inch' Allah I do... AMEN

      September 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ajay

      Actually, if you read CNN, they ONLY seem to report killings in Syria. So I do not understand your comment about nobody talking about Syria. I agree Israeli's want peace but I hear the Israeli PM talking about attacking Iran MORE than Iranian president talking about attacking Israel. Now, do not bring up the "wipe out Israel" stuff since both of us know it was taken out of context and misused by the warmongers to promote another war.....

      September 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mickey1313

    Once again americas pro jewery takes center stage. Ive done some interesting reading about the word semitism. It means to hold jews in special or high regard. Anti means against. Thus anti-semitism actually means being against the special treatment of jews, not being against jews. Why do these people get special treatment?

    September 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sam

    Ah this subject gets me angry each time! Hey if israel and usa have nukes, why cant iran? only fair right. President Ahmadinejad is actually quite reasonable president. People hate him because he simply speaks the truth. I hope Iran stays strong and does not get bullied by israel and usa.

    September 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat


    Majority of Israelis want peace. I know because I work with courageous peace loving Orgs like Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and JStreet and there are similar Jewish orgs in Israel too like Gush Shalom.
    unfortunately you have Netanyahu and his coterie of extremist loonies and spritual leaders like Ovaida Yusef and his followers who would rather see the world pushed to Armageddon. And take US down with them. get them out and then talk peace.

    September 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dazzle ©

    So he's here in New York! No wonder security is so tight at JFK. Regular civilians just want to get home. Lots of politicos and "important types" wandering around while the rest of us are instructed to "not leave our gate areas."

    September 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Their lobbies on US soil are doing everything in their power to shove us into war with Iran.

    Patrick Clawson of the neo-con Washington Inst. for Near East Studies said speaking to the Inst reported today " We need a false flag to attack Iran.US should provoke Iran into making the first move". These are the folks threatening world peace.

    September 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      That is frightening. The fact that he used the term false flag should be grounds for treason. We have spent a brutal decaide of fighting wars due to false flags. 9/11, wmds, terrorists, the list goes on. If we don't break the zionist strangle hold on america this nation is finished, which really is what they want

      September 26, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MileHighSlade

    Until CNN can have a legit message board, not full of mid east garbage about every topic, i'm out. Figure it out CNN you idiots.

    September 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Coach

    I though him and HUSSIEN Obama were good pals. Maybe they got in an argument while they were children over in Indonesia. Cousins do argue sometimes.

    September 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lone Ranger

    Dear authors, I would like to see the list of US delegation at UN, please. I"ll bet 80% of them are Jewish of Israel First variety, a couple Blacks (to make the cabal look secular and all) and a few Latinos/Natives/Asians (again, mostly for the same purpose).

    September 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      Bingo, they really should release names of those who are refusing to attend, most likely chalked full of zionists

      September 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Yakimo

    First of all, i just don't understand how the People of IRAN can elect a madman like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be their leader and even represent them internationally.My question to the People of Iran is: Was Mahmoud Ahmadinedjad born a lunatic,or he became mad after being elected President? If he became mad after being elected into office,then,my advice to the People of Iran is to impeach this mad dog because he is no good to them,and will only cause harm and suffering to them in the end.
    Ahmadinedjad is a disgrace to Iran in the first place,and to the International Community. He is in fact very ignorant to World Diplomacy. Remember Mr. Mad dog,you are leading your countrymen and women astray.
    You cannot as a leader of a nation,preach hatred against another nation and even go to the extent of voicing it out that ISRAEL should be wiped out of the map. Listen to me SATAN,you didn't creat that Great Nation,and you can never wipe ISRAEL out of the WORLD MAP.
    To the Leaders of The United States, I say: Time has almost run out, and ,when persuation fails,force must be applied.

    September 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      My question to the citizens of the united states is how could they elect someone like HUSSEIN Obama.

      September 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • iranisgreatest

      Iran is a peaceful beautiful and developed nation. Besides pot is legal there. Won't get that kind of freedom in the oppressive mind numbing economic pyramid scheme called the USA, who forces its citizens into deliberate economic need to make slaves of them all. Free the suppressed technologies involving on-demand conversion of water to hydrogen that the gov has. Yes the gov lies about the laws of physics. Hydrogen is the answer. No need for middle eastern fuel. Fill your tanks for free in the ocean with salt water. Hydride tanks make hydrogen storage non-explosive even when shot with a gun (safer than gas). Imagine the transportation costs and reduction of food costs if shipping fuel costs were $0.00. America is a lie. You've all been had. Better to not even be born than American economic slavery. Free America from the lies & you win. 911 inside job = tip of iceburg;

      September 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      My question is why trolls are named Mark.

      September 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Romana

      And my question is what happened to native americans.

      September 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Magic

      because unlike most of the world, the United States is a strong multicultural society and Barrack HUSSEIN Obama is a perfect example of that. Criticizing our choice in a president based solely on name or race is very ignorant...Kind of like Ahmadinejad is.

      September 26, 2012 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
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