Iran Leader: 'American Empire' Coming to an End
Ahmadinejad, speaking at UN, vows to resists 'bullying powers'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2008 5:12 PM CDT
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, makes a 'thumbs-down' gesture during President Bush's address to the UN.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that the days of America asserting its influence over the world are numbered, Reuters reports. At the UN, Ahmadinejad blamed a "few bullying powers" for the world's troubles and for trying to rein in his nation's peaceful nuclear ambitions. Ahmadinejad, who earlier made a thumbs-down gesture during President Bush’s address, criticized the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and said the US was being manipulated by "Zionist powers."

"American empire in the world is reaching the end of its road, and its next rulers must limit their interference to their own borders," Ahmadinejad said. Referring to Israel, he declared that "the Zionist regime is on a definite slope to collapse, and there is no way for it to get out of the cesspool created by itself and its supporters."