UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the United States and nations with stockpiles of nuclear weapons cause conflicts and want to rule the world.
He didn't mention the United States by name except in attacking the ineffectiveness of the U.N. Security Council, dominated by winners of World War II.
Ahmadinejad asked if the United States or Britain, permanent U.N. Security Council members, "commit aggression, occupation and violation of international law which of the organizers of the United Nations can take them to account? Can a council in which they are privileged members address their violations? Has this ever happened? In fact we have repeatedly seen the reverse."
The questions he raised were among 40 asked in his half-hour speech.
"The abuse of the Security Council as an instrument of threat and coercion is indeed a source of grave concern," the Iranian president said, calling for the assembly to "rescue the Security Council from its current state," by reforming it. In the meantime, "the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the African continent should each have a representative" as a veto-holding permanent member of the council.
While Ahmadinejad said all of Tehran's "nuclear activities are transparent, peaceful and under the watchful eyes of International Atomic Energy inspectors," he did not mention accusations of withholding cooperation from the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog agency.
He asked why there were objections to Iran's "legally recognized rights" to develop nuclear technology, when those objecting "have abused nuclear technology for non-peaceful ends including the production of nuclear bomb and some even have a bleak record of using them against humanity," a reference to the atomic bombs dropped by the United States on Japan at the end of World War II.