Iran president calls for Bush to face 'people's tribunal'

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website; BBC profile] on Wednesday called President George Bush a "warmonger" and said he should be brought before a "people's tribunal" to answer for American actions in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and elsewhere that are "killing people by the million." During his annual State of the Union address [White House materials; JURIST report] on Tuesday, President Bush for his part described Iran as "held hostage by a small clerical elite that is isolating and repressing its people" and called for a "free and democratic Iran." Reacting to Bush's speech, Ahmadinejad said Bush has "no right to talk about liberty or human rights" and also described the US as "implicated everywhere where there is war and oppression." In the same speech, Ahmadinejad reacted harshly to the news that the five permanent members of the UN Security Council [official website] have agreed to ask the IAEA to put Iran's nuclear program before the entire council [JURIST report]. Ahmadinejad said that the Iranian people would not submit to the any decision the Security Council might make about Iran's nuclear program. The 35-member board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] will meet Thursday to determine whether to refer Iran to the Security Council and to consider a report released Tuesday [JURIST report] that asserts that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. AFP has more.



 

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