Ahmadinejad: Obama is a cowboy who follows will of Israel
Speaking to thousands, Iranian President responds to U.S. pledge of nuclear nonproliferation.
Iran on Wednesday lamented U.S. President Barack Obama's statements on the new U.S. nuclear strategy, calling him an inexperienced newcomer who follows the will of Israel.
"Such remarks were not even made by his predecessor George W. Bush," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, addressing thousands in a speech in north-western Iran.
The United States pledged never to use nuclear weapons against states that comply with non-proliferation treaties as part of a much-anticipated review of nuclear arms strategy released Tuesday.
But the new pledge - a first for the U.S. - leaves open a nuclear strike against countries that have signed on to a global non-proliferation treaty but stand accused of violating its terms.
Obama, in an interview with The New York Times, said outright that the loophole would apply to "outliers like Iran and North Korea" that the U.S. believes are developing nuclear weapons.
"The American leaders still act like cowboys and like heroes in Western movies," Ahmadinejad said in his remarks carried by the news network Khabar. "Whenever there is a problem, they use their guns."
The Iranian president said the U.S. seemed to continue the same policies as Bush and "Obama seems to be just a new face but with the same intentions, which is deceiving world nations."
"We advise Mr. Obama to be careful and not follow the path of his predecessor as he would have the same fate as Bush, and we are not interested in this to happen," Ahmadinejad said.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the new U.S. policy was just propaganda and called on Washington to cooperate with the world on global nuclear disarmament instead.
The Nuclear Posture Review was issued just before Obama heads to Prague to sign a new nuclear-arms-reduction treaty with Russia. The treaty calls on both sides to reduce their nuclear warheads to 1,550, or about one-third below current levels.
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