Iranian leader seeks to cool talk of war
By Daniel Dombey in Washington and Harvey Morris at the United Nations and Daniel Pimlott in New York
Published: September 24 2007 21:47 | Last updated: September 25 2007 00:07
Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, Iran’s president, kicked off his trip to the United Nations and New York on Monday by denouncing protesters against his visit and discounting talk of war with the US.
His arrival was hailed by one US tabloid as “The Evil Has Landed”, and he was likened to a “petty and cruel dictator” by Lee Bollinger, Columbia University’s president, at a controversial speaking engagement at the university.
But despite the barrage of hostile questions, Mr Ahmadi-Nejad was confident and combative – if not precise.
“In Iran, we don’t have homosexuals, like in your country,” he said after being asked about the death penalty for homosexual behaviour. “I d
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