Several countries stage a walkout of Ahmadinejad UN speech

Posted May 3, 2010 by Andrew Moran
Delegates from the United States, France, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy and others, joined together and walked out of Iranian President's speech at the United Nations.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Courtesy Presidential Press and Information Office of the Kremlin
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech on Monday at the United Nations General Assembly Hall where he denied allegations that his country is developing nuclear weapons, according to the Associated Press. The Iranian leader said the international community has not presented “credible proof.”
During his speech, delegates from many Western countries walked out during his address as Ahmadinejad accused the United States of double standards. Representatives from the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, Italy and other nations jointed together to stage a walkout during Ahmadinejad’s speech, reports Ria Novosti.
Haaretz reports that the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations contacted UN Ambassadors and placed ads in major newspapers urging delegates to walkout during the Iranian President’s speech.
Despite walkouts, Ahmadinejad called for states with threats to use atomic weapons to be punished because it is a “breach of international peace and security.” He further added that those who threaten should be suspended from the board of governors of the UN nuclear watchdog.
Ahmadinejad also called upon governments around the world to disarm because it encourages others to build similar arsenals. He wants a timetable for the elimination of nuclear weapons.