Iran's Ahmadinejad Visits U.N.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Iran's president has told a United Nations nuclear conference that Tehran is not trying to build nuclear weapons, and that Washington can't be trusted.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says states with nuclear weapons, like the U.S., just want to keep their monopoly on the technology.

Once again, Ahmadinejad's presence inspired an array of protests outside the United Nations. Bitta Mostofi came out with her group, Where's My Vote NY, which formed after the Iranian election and demonstrations last June. Mostofi says she came out to express solidarity with Iran's opposition movement.

"They're faced with government sanctioned repression when they come into the streets. We're not," she says. "You know Ahmadinejad is here, he's across the street. At a minimum, our obligation is to be here."

Mostofi says she wishes the international community would focus more on Iran's human rights violations and less on the country's potential nuclear arms.

Today marked the first day of a month-long review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The treaty, which was designed to halt the spread of nuclear weapons worldwide and lead to eventual disarmament, is reviewed every five years by its 189 member nations.

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