Iran: US main cause of global woes

Iran Materials 23 September 2008 16:28 (UTC +04:00)

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that the United States is the root cause of the woes in the world, reported Presstv.

"The US makes endless allegations against Iran's nuclear program while the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed that all nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic were legal," Ahmadinejad said in a meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the fringes of the 63rd annual session of the UN General Assembly.

He expressed hope the UN would successfully establish peace and stability in all parts of the world. "We should support independence, national unity and the integrity of Iraq and strive to resolve the country's problems through talks," the Iranian president added.

He pointed to the circumstances in Afghanistan and said, "NATO policies have led to the spread of extremism and an increase of narcotics production in the country."

Ahmadinejad expressed concerns over the present situation in Palestine, saying, "A food and medicine blockade has been imposed on the Palestinian people. Time is ripe to put an end to aggression and looting in Palestine."

Iran has a plan on holding a referendum in Palestine with the aim of determining the fate of its nation, he added, saying the plan will be sent to Ban in the near future.

The UN Secretary-General condemned a non-peaceful solution to Iran's nuclear case, saying it would not work.

He pointed to the situation in Palestine and said that the United Nations is the only international organization which sends humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Ban praised Iran's efforts aimed at stabilizing the Lebanese government.