Iranian Prez Flies Into NY Storm
Ahmadinejad arrives in NY amid protests
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2007 3:39 AM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, waves as he boards his plane leaving Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007, for New York to attend the U.N General Assembly. Adm. William Fallon the commander of...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrived in New York yesterday amid protests and rancor over his schedule of public appearances, including his planned address at Columbia University. In the first of a series of public relations efforts, Ahmadinejad claimed in a television interview that Iran is seeking neither nuclear weapons nor war with the US, AP reports.

"What need do we have for a bomb?" Ahmadinejad asked on "60 Minutes." "In political relations right now, the nuclear bomb is of no use. If it was useful it would have prevented the downfall of the Soviet Union. Why should we go to war?"