Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Western powers have pursued a “hidden agenda to dominate the Middle East region.”
Addressing people in Gorgan in Iran’s northern Golestan province on Tuesday morning, President Ahmadinejad accused the Western powers of “orchestrating different programs and schemes” in order to plunder the region’s oil reservoirs.
“They [the West] tried to implement their programs through the Israeli regime but they failed. Then they came to the conclusion that they need to occupy our region with hundreds of thousands of military troops to have access to the region’s oil in an effort to save their troubled economy,” the Iranian chief executive told the audience.
Highlighting the September 11 attacks on US targets in New York in 2001, the Iranian president criticized the US administration for pointing the finger of accusation against Muslim nations and the people of the region.
President Ahmadinejad raised doubts about the sincerity in the claims of the US government, which he said was used as an excuse to wage two wars against Iraq and Afghanistan.
In his recent address to the UN General Assembly in New York, the Iranian chief executive called for the formation of a fact-finding committee to investigate the truth behind the 9/11 attacks.
Ahmadinejad’s new proposal triggered Washington’s outrage, prompting the state to denounce his remarks as hateful and unacceptable.