'Global hatred.' Ahmadinejad
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Ahmadinejad: Sanctions mark end of Security Council

Following new round of sanctions aimed at curbing nuclear program, Iranian president says Security Council 'suppressive tool in the hands of world powers'; adds 'when Gaza-bound aid flotilla was attacked it did not respond'

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday that the United Nations Security Council has lost its credibility following its adoption of a new sanctions resolution against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.


In an interview with state television, the Iranian leader said, "After this resolution the UN Security Council has lost its credibility and this body has turned into a suppressive tool in the hands of world powers.


"This marks the end of the Security Council," he said, adding that the council's five permanent members – the US, Russia, China, France and Britain – "safeguard their nuclear monopoly and protect their interests."


Ahmadinejad took the opportunity to censure the recent Israeli commando raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, saying "when an aid convoy is attacked in international waters, the (Security) Council does not respond, but at the same time it approves a resolution against us."


He said the flotilla raid resulted in an "outpour of global hatred" towards Israel. "Now the entire world doubts the Israeli occupation of Palestine, which has been going on for 60 years," he said.


On Wednesday, the Security Council voted overwhelmingly in favor of a fourth sanctions resolution against Iran. Only Turkey and Brazil voted against the resolution, while Lebanon abstained.


"The UN Security Council votes against a country which only wants to pursue peaceful nuclear technology but cannot stop a country (Israel) from blocking aid ships sent to needy people (in Gaza)," Ahmadinejad said.


On Friday he called the UN resolution "a worthless paper."


פרסום ראשון: 06.13.10, 22:30
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