US used 9/11 as excuse to start wars: Ahmadinejad

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the US launched wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to solve its own economic problems.

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2011, 16:17 PM IST

Tehran: The Iranian President says the United States used the September 11 attacks as an excuse for launching wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the attacks were a "complicated, designed game" to affect people`s emotions and pave way for the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

He also says US launched those wars to solve its own economic problems. Ahmadinejad`s remarks appeared on Iranian state TV`s website on Sunday.

The Iranian leader has repeatedly questioned the official version of the events surrounding the September 11 attacks, calling it a "big lie”.

In 2010, New York turned down his request to visit the World Trade Centre site to pay respects to the victims of the terrorist attacks.

Bureau Report