Iran's President visits New York


Iran's Ahmadinejad: No Attack on Israel  
Associated Press
September 24, 2007 
YORK (AP) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that Iran
would not launch an attack on Israel or any other country, and he does
not believe the United States is preparing for war against Iran.

"Iran will not attack any country,"
Ahmadinejad told The Associated Press. Iran has always maintained a
defensive policy, not an offensive one, and has "never sought to expand
its territory," he said.

Asked whether he believed the U.S. is
preparing for war, he responded: "That is not how I see it ... I
believe that some of the talk in this regard arises first of all from
anger. Secondly, it serves the electoral purposes domestically in this
country. Third, it serves as a cover for policy failures over Iraq."

Seated in a hotel room near the United
Nations, Ahmadinejad projected a soothing face during the 30-minute
interview with the AP. He said that Iran's foreign policy is based on
humanitarian concerns and on seeking justice.

He reiterated his call for a debate at the United Nations on world issues with President Bush.

Referring to fears of a military campaign
against Iran, he said: "We don't think you can compensate for one
mistake by committing more mistakes."

The Iranian president, in what is believed
to be his first comments on a reported attack Sept.6 by Israeli bombers
inside Syria, said the attack stemmed from Israeli expansionism and "it
had nothing to with Iran."


President Bush: 'It's OK With Me' That Columbia University Invited Ahmadinejad to Speak
FOX News
September 24, 2007

NEW YORK — President Bush said Monday that
while he's "not sure" he would have offered the head of a state sponsor
of terror a platform from which to outline his agenda, he thinks it's
OK that Columbia University did invite Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad to speak.

"This is a place of high learning and if
the president (of Columbia) thinks it's a good idea to have the leader
from Iran come and talk to the students as an educational experience, I
guess it's OK with me," Bush told FOX News in an interview. "The
problem is Ahmadinejad uses these platforms to advance his agenda,
which I suspect in this case ... He doesn't want America to know his
true intentions."