London, Sep. 27: Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused the West of nuclear “intimidation”, saying that it was using a ‘nuclear arms race’ to threaten other nations to accept the status quo.
Ahmadinejad made his comments in his eighth and final speech at a debate of the UN General Assembly that was boycotted by the United States and Israel.
“[The] arms race and intimidation by nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction by the hegemonic powers have become prevalent,” the BBC quoted Ahmadinejad, as saying.
“Continued threat by the uncivilised Zionists [Israel] to resort to military action is a clear example of this bitter reality,” he added.
He said the world was in need of a new order and a fresh way of thinking, as “the existence of discrimination and monopoly in the U.N. is in no way acceptable”.
He also said that his country was not afraid of nuclear attacks against nuclear facilities, and “Iran can neutralize” such attacks.
At a news conference later, the Iranian leader said Tehran was ready for dialogue with the US, despite Washington’s use of sanctions “as revenge on the people”, the report said.
The Iranian leader refrained from such inflammatory remarks during Wednesday’s half-hour speech, which the Israeli and the US delegations had chosen to boycott due to his recent attacks on Israel, it added. (ANI)