Nick Clegg Speaks Out Against Ahmadinejad’s 9/11 Accusations in UN Speech
September 24, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again caused controversy (a weekly occurrence at this point) during his UN speech, where he claimed that “most people” in the West believe 9/11 was orchestrated by the U.S. government. This prompted many Americans, Europeans and British to walk out, and Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister of Britain, condemned the statement.
Clegg took to the lectern the next day with an amended speech that included a sharp rebuttal for the comments, and the habit of Ahmadinejad to attempt to gain attention using offensive statements.
“I was ready to straightforwardly reiterate our concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme,” he was quoted by the Telegraph.
“But instead, once again, an issue of grave global concern has been overshadowed by the bizarre, offensive and attention-grabbing pronouncements by President Ahmedinejad from this podium yesterday. His remarks were intended to distract attention from Iran’s obligations and to generate media headlines. They deserve to do neither.”
Ahmadinejad’s comments come over continued anger over the detainment of two American hikers, after a third was released a week ago following a 13-month hold over allegations of spying.