Iran: Punish U.S. for “shameful” nuclear threats

UNITED NATIONS
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to applauding  conference members addressing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty  Review Conference, at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, May 3,  2010. REUTERS/Chip East

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to applauding conference members addressing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, at United Nations Headquarters, in New York, May 3, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Chip East

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Calling nuclear weapons “disgusting and shameful,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged the United Nations on Monday to punish countries like the United States that threaten to use them.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton dismissed Ahmadinejad’s comments as the “same tired, false and sometimes wild accusations” and urged nations to focus on efforts to bring Iran to heel over its nuclear program.

In keeping with past practice during annual U.N. General Assembly gatherings, the delegations of the United States, Britain, France, Germany and others walked out of the chamber during Ahmadinejad’s fiery speech.

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