Clegg attacks 'bizarre' claim by Ahmadinejad
Published 25/09/2010 | 05:00
BRITAIN'S deputy prime minister Nick Clegg was expected to denounce Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, as "bizarre and offensive" in his speech to the UN summit in New York last night.
The Liberal Democrat leader was due to accuse him of being "attention-grabbing" after Mr Ahmadinejad had claimed that most people believed the US government was behind the September 11 attacks.
Aides said Mr Clegg had been prompted to personally write a new section for his speech, condemning the Iranian conspiracy theory and what he described as "the bizarre, offensive and attention-grabbing pronouncements by President Ahmadinejad from this podium yesterday."
US President Barack Obama also told the BBC's Persian Service that Mr Ahmadinejad's conspiracy theories were "offensive" and "hateful". (Daily Telegraph, London).