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US walks out as Iran president delivers anti-US speech

September 23, 2011 6:33:26 AM PDT
U.S. diplomats walked out of the U.N. General Assembly Thursday as Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a fiercely anti-American speech, attacking the U.S. as an "arrogant power" ruled by greed.

More than a dozen diplomats from other countries, including France, left the chamber soon after.

Ahmadinejad also attacked theely anti-American speech, attacking the U.S. as an "arrogant power" ruled by greed.

More than a dozen diplomats from other countries, including France, left the chamber soon after.

Ahmadinejad also attacked the United States for its history of slavery, accused it of causing two world wars and using a nuclear bomb against "defenseless people." He further said Washington was guilty of imposing and supporting military dictatorships and totalitarian regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Mark Kornblau, spokesman for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, said: "Mr. Ahmadinejad had a chance to address his own people's aspirations for freedom and dignity, but instead he again turned to abhorrent anti-Semitic slurs and despicable conspiracy theories."

The Iranian leader accused the U.S. of threatening to place sanctions on anyone who questions the Holocaust and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States with sanctions and military action.

Ahmadinejad accused some unidentified European countries of still using the Holocaust "as the excuse to pay fine or ransom to the Zionists." He also said any question about the foundation of Zionism is condemned by the U.S. "as an unforgivable sin."

When the idea of an independent fact-finding investigation of "the hidden elements" involved in the Sept. 11 attacks was raised last year, he said, "my country and myself came under pressure and threat by the government of the United States."

"Instead of assigning a fact-finding team, they killed the main perpetrator and threw his body into the sea," Ahmadinejad said, referring to the U.S. military's killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in early May.

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GRIDLOCK ALERT

Meanwhile, the Gridlock alert continues. First Avenue will be closed to traffic from 42nd to 47th streets. Security will continue to be tight, with diplomats from around the world staying in the city.

UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Streets subject to closure at the discretion of NYPD:
W 34 St to E 57 St from 1 Avenue to 2 Ave, all inclusive
E 50 St between FDR Dr and 6 Ave
E 43 St, 44, 45, 46 and 47 St from 1 Ave to 3 Ave
E 45 St and 46 St from Madison Ave to Vanderbilt Ave (all inclusive)
E 48 St 49 and 51 St from Madison Ave to 1 Ave
E 48, 49, 50, and 51 St from Lexington Ave to Madison Ave (all inclusive)
W 52 St and 53 St from 6 Ave to 7 Ave
W 54 St from 6 Ave to 7 Ave
6 Ave from W 54 St to W 55 St

Streets subject to intermittent closures at the discretion of NYPD:
Area bounded by; East 60th Street on the North, East 34th Street on the South, 1st Avenue on the East, 3rd Avenue on the West
Area bounded by; East 51st Street on the North and East 48th Street on the South; 1st Avenue on the East and Madison Avenue on the West
34th, 42nd, 50th and 57th Streets between FDR Drive and 7th Avenue
5th Avenues between 42nd and 40th Street
6th Avenues between 42nd and 40th Street
40th Street between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue
53rd Street between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue
52nd Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue
55th Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue
51st, 54th and 56th Streets between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue

UNGA & HOTEL RESTRICTIONS
1st Avenue from 42nd to 49th Streets
42nd, 44th & 45th Streets from 1st to 2nd Avenues
45th Street from Madison to Vanderbilt Avenues
Vanderbilt Avenue from 46th to 44th Streets
46th Street from 1st to 2nd Avenues
49th & 50th Streets from Park to Lexington Avenues
61st Street from Park to Madison Avenues

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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