Netanyahu is a skilled killer, says Ahmadinejad

Iranian president interviewed by CNN's Larry King, says Iran has "no interest" in nuke; calls Israel an "illegitimate, war-waging country."

September 23, 2010 11:15
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the UN headquarters

Ahmadinejad speaks in NY. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is a "skilled killer," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said via a translator in a televised interview with CNN's Larry King on Wednesday evening.

When asked by the show's host for a response to Netanyahu's previous comments on the show, when the he said that "the greatest threat facing humanity is that Iran would acquire nuclear weapons," Ahamadinejad replied, "So you think that we should be concerned about allaying Mr. Netanyahu's fears and concerns? Why should we be doing that for him? Who is he? Who is he in the first place? He is a skilled killer. All dictators in the world have condemned others, and he is one of many of them."

Ahmadinejad: Iran will never recognize the Zionist regime

He continued his tirade against Netanyahu say that, "He should be put on trial for killing Palestinians, for placing Gaza under siege. He should be put on trial for killing women and children."

Asked about Iran's nuclear activity plans, the Iranian president was equally forceful in his response, telling Larry King that "no one expresses fear about Iran's nuclear activities in the region except the Zionist regime, and some American authorities. We are not seeking the bomb, we have no interest in it and we do not think that it is useful."

American and Israeli weapons should be of more concern to the international community, he said.

"We are standing firm over the issue that both the Zionist regime and the US government should be disarmed. The threats to the world are the bombs that the US government and the Zionist regime have."

He further criticized Israel and the US, calling Israel an "illegitimate, war waging country" and saying that the US "gets into wars in Iraq, Afghanistan just over nothing."

Ahmadinejad is in New York for the UN General Assembly meeting. He is scheduled to speak at the annual ministerial meeting on Thursday.

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