Remarks about September 11 by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have triggered outrage and walk-outs at the UN in New York.
Most people, he insisted, believe Washington was behind the 2001 attacks, in a conspiracy to protect Israel.
The theory, he said, addressing the General Assembly, was “that some segments within the US government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East, in order to save the Zionist regime. The majority of the American people as well as most nations and politicians around the world agree with this view.”
The White House said President Obama found the comments “utterly outrageous and offensive.”
He had earlier made an offer on Iran’s atomic ambitions in his own speech to the General Assembly.
“The door to diplomacy remains open should Iran choose to walk through it,” Obama said. “But the Iranian government must demonstrate a clear and credible commitment and confirm to the world the peaceful intent of its nuclear programme.”