Ahmadinejad says US has `dragged the world in mud`

Iran`s Prez launched a vitriolic tirade against US and Israel as he cast fresh doubt on 9/11 attacks.

Last Updated: Oct 03, 2010, 16:42 PM IST

Tehran: Iran`s hardline President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad launched a vitriolic tirade against the United
States and Israel on Sunday as he cast fresh doubt on the
September 11 attacks, state media reported.

"They have such nerve to threaten us and say all options
are on the table. May the undertaker take you, your tables...
away as you have dragged the world in mud," Ahmadinejad was
quoted as saying in a speech.

The US and Israel accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons
and have never ruled out a military strike to curb Tehran`s
atomic drive. Iran maintains its atomic programme has peaceful
aims.

"We have hundreds of unanswered questions about the
September 11 incident to which they should respond, and we
will not back down on this," Ahmadinejad said in the speech
marking the start of a housing project outside Tehran.

"If they claim 3,000 people were killed on September 11,
they (the perpetrators) should be identified and executed.

"We will even help in their arrest provided they present
evidence, but will not accept whatever Bush and Obama say," he
said referring to former US president George W Bush and his
successor Barack Obama.

"Even the Americans themselves do not accept these
claims, let alone other nations."

Last month Ahmadinejad sparked outrage in the United
States and around the world when he accused the US government
of involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks in a speech
to the UN General Assembly.

Obama slammed the remarks as "hateful" and "offensive."
Ahmadinejad has already drawn international condemnation
by repeatedly casting doubt on the Nazi Holocaust since coming
to power in 2005.

Today he branded Iran`s arch-foe Israel a "savage dog
unleashed in the region."

PTI