Iran's president blames meltdown on U.S. government

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran's president says U.S. military interventions around the world have played a part in the collapse of global financial markets.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times ahead of his address to the U-N General Assembly, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that the global economy "can no longer tolerate" the U.S. government's budgetary deficit caused by what he calls "years of heavy military engagement and involvement around the world."

The Iranian president claims the campaign against his country's nuclear program is the work of the Bush administration "and a couple of their European friends." There are estimates that Iran could have enough nuclear material to make a bomb within a year or two.

Ahmadinejad has told National Public Radio that he doesn't want a confrontation with the United States. He adds that the U.S. "interferes" -- and the Iranians defend themselves.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 29626784 -