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Ahmadinejad accuses US of killing people in large numbers

August 30, 2012 17:57 IST

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday accused the United States of killing people in "large numbers and in organised ways" in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan and also blamed the UNSC for the crisis in the Middle East.

Addressing the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit, Ahmadinejad also said that the grouping of 120 nations should reconsider its goals and aspirations to have a part in governance of the international community.

"The UNSC's behaviour has in practice led to the stabilisation and expansion of occupation, oppression and crimes of the imposed and bogus Zionist regime," he said.

He criticised the UN Security Council for the current situation in different countries of the Middle East and said, "People are being killed in large numbers and in organized ways in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan and the UNSC justifies the situation since the main side (culprit) of these events (the US) is the permanent member of the Security Council and enjoys the unfair veto advantage," FARS news agency reported.

The US has been carrying out a series of drone strikes in Pakistan to target terrorists, especially those from the dreaded Haqqani network. It accuses the Pakistan-based groups of attacking its forces in Afghanistan.

The US has been asking Pakistan to launch a military campaign in the troubled North Waziristan region, where a majority of these militant groups are based, but Islamabad has refused to do so.

A top US military officer had last year bluntly accused Pakistan of "exporting" violent extremism to Afghanistan through proxies like Haqqani, which he called a "veritable arm" of the ISI.

Ahmadinejad said he believed "materialisation of the joint global governance which secures a justice-based peace, freedom and human dignity was the ultimate goal of the late founders of the NAM," dismissing veto powers in the context of the UN Security Council as the defunct legacy of the World War II, the IRNA said in its report.

Snehesh Alex Philip and Priyanka Tikoo in Tehran
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