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Ahmadinejad blames ‘Zionists’ for WWI and II

Mullen laments lack of ‘hotline’ to Teheran

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15 Sep 2011 (All day)
Ahmadinejad blames ‘Zionists’ for WWI and II

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave an interview to the Washington Post published Tuesday in which he blamed “Zionists” for the First and Second World Wars, adding that Israel is responsible for the "grim picture" of the US in the world. "They destroy people’s homes and raze them to the ground” Ahmedinejad continued. “They have created a few major wars. They continue to assassinate and terrorize people, wherever there is a conflict, [the Zionists] are behind it. The whole [US] population is going to be sacrificed for the interests of a few hundred Zionists.” He added his support for the Palestinian petition for state recognition at the UN next week, saying it would be the "beginning of the liberation of the entire Palestinian land," which had "existed before the Palestinians had unwanted guests pour into Palestine with guns."

Ahmadinejad also told the newspaper that two US citizens imprisoned on Iran on charges of spying will soon be released. The report has been first confirmed and then denied and then confirmed again by Iranian officials over the last few days, while observers have noted that conflicting messages from different agencies of the government in Teheran is nothing new and is simply indicative of the chaotic internal working of the Islamic Republic.

In related news, the US has dismissed a recent offer by Iran to discuss its renegade nuclear program with the P5+1 nuclear powers and the EU, saying it is merely the latest "charm offensive" Iran has used in an attempt to divert attention from the fact that it is "flouting" its international obligations.

"Sanctions are constraining Iran's procurement of items related to prohibited nuclear and ballistic missile activity and thus slowing development of these programs," the UN Security Council's panel of experts on Iran said in a recent report. "At the same time, Iran's circumvention of sanctions across all areas, in particular the use of front companies, concealment methods in shipping, financial transactions and the transfer of conventional arms and related materiel, is willful and continuing."

"Stonewalling the IAEA, flouting UN Security Council obligations and mounting this most recent charm offensive do not reflect a good-faith effort to resolve those concerns," Glyn Davies, chief US delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency, told reporters.

"There is no smoking gun," Iranian ambassador to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, told reporters. "The EU and the US cannot dictate to us what to do."

Elsewhere, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, told reporters on Wednesday that the lack of a mechanism for US and Iranian leaders to communicate, such as the “hotline” between the White House and the Kremlin that existed during the Cold War, is a serious problem that could lead to problems that neither side wanted.


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