Ahmadinejad says 9/11 remarks meant to `assist` Americans

Iranian President underlined that his 9/11 remarks were meant to help Americans.

Last Updated: Sep 25, 2010, 21:18 PM IST

New York: Shrugging of the volley of
criticism against him for listing conspiracy theories behind
9/11 attacks at the United Nations, Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad underlined that his remarks were meant to help
Americans.

"We are trying to defend the rights of the American
people so that their money is not used for killing people in
Iraq and Afghanistan, so that their children do not end up in
locations where they do not understand and must not go to in
the first place to die," Ahmadinejad said.

"Do you think these are bad statements to make," he
added, at a packed press conference in a New York hotel
yesterday. "This is assistance. This is what I call
assistance," he added.

Earlier this week, speaking at the U.N. General
Assembly, Ahmadinejad indicated that American and Israeli
forces could have carried out 9/11 and called for a UN
investigation into what really happened.

He had caused widespread outrage in his speech on
Thursday to the General Assembly by claiming that some
"segments" of the US government "orchestrated" 9/11 to
"reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the
Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime".

"That some segments within the U.S. government
orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American
economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save
the Zionist regime, the president told world leaders.

"It is proposed that the United Nations set up an
independent fact-finding group for the event of September 11
so that in the future expressing views about it is not
forbidden," he said.

On Friday, Ahmadinejad reiterated his calls for an
investigation.

"Two countries were invaded and up till now, hundreds
of thousands of people have been killed as a result," the
Iranian leader said.

"Don’t you think that that excuse needs to be revised?
Don`t you feel that if a fact-finding mission was present from
the start to explore the true reason behind September 11, that
we would not see the catastrophes in Afghanistan and Iraq
today?" he added.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama has slammed these
remarks as "hateful" and "offensive" in an interview with
BBC`s Persian news service yesterday.

"And particularly for him to make the statement here
in Manhattan, just a little north of Ground Zero, where
families lost their loved ones," he said.

"For him to make a statement like that was
inexcusable."

Ahmadinejad, however, asserts that all governments and
people do not have to take the view of the US government, and
asserted that the majority of Americans are suspicious about
who carried out 9/11.

"If the US government, if it is upset I can see
why..because the U.S. government expects everyone to follow it
and to follow its decisions," he said.

PTI