Ahmadinejad criticises 'bullying powers'

Iran’s president has accused “a few bullying powers” of trying to thwart the country’s nuclear programme.

In a speech before the UN General Assembly today, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also declared that “the American empire” was nearing collapse.

The US and its allies claim Iran wants to develop its uranium enrichment program to make nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is purely peaceful and designed to produce electricity for civilian use.

Iran already is under three sets of sanctions by the UN Security Council for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment.

Washington and its Western allies are pushing for quick passage of a fourth set of sanctions to underline the international community’s resolve.

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