SHANGHAI — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the United States of hypocrisy during a visit to the World Expo in Shanghai on Friday, two days after host China yielded to international pressure to back new nuclear sanctions against Tehran.
"How can they have the right to impose pressure on other countries who are willing to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes?" Ahmadinejad said while touring the Iranian pavilion at the World Expo. He said the US was the only country to use a nuclear weapon against another.
"How can they stop Iran's peaceful nuclear program only with the reason that it 'may be' used for manufacturing nuclear weapons?" he told reporters.
Ahmadinejad was not scheduled to meet Chinese leaders while in China. He also skipped Thursday's summit in Uzbekistan of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which was attended by Chinese President Hu Jintao. Iran is an observer in that group.