Iran, U.S. speak, but Tehran prompts walkout

12:54, September 24, 2010      

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  Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the 65th United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, September 23, 2010. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)


  Iran and the United States got the most attention on Thursday at the opening of general debate at the 65th UN General Assembly session, with Iran prompting the drama of a walkout.

  U.S. President Barack Obama plunked for a peace accord in the Middle East and Iranian President Ahmadinejad garnered drama by provoking a walkout by the Washington delegation, asserted 9/11 was a scheme to aid Israel.

  Several others of the 30 plus speakers touched on their national problems and those of the Middle East.

  The U.S. president, reflecting on the challenges of his first 20 months in office and how he has dealt with them, traditionally has the second speaking position at the annual debate, but this time slipped to the third slot apparently so he could speak at his White House-advertised time of 10 a.m. EDT.

  Obama recalled offering Iran an extended hand last year here.

  "Iran is the only party to the NPT (nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty) that cannot demonstrate the peaceful intentions of its nuclear program, and those actions have consequences," he said, adding that UN Security Council sanctions underscored his position.

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