Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, calling him a "skilled killer" in an interview with CNN's Larry King.
When asked to comment on Netanyahu's declaration that a nuclear Iran is "the greatest threat facing humanity," the Iranian president shrugged off the statement, saying Netanyahu is nothing but a "skilled killer."
"Netanyahu should be put on trial for killing Palestinians – for putting Gaza under siege. He should be put on trial for killing women and children," said Ahmadinejad.
Ahmadinejad insisted that the international sanctions imposed on Iran are not hurting his country, and maintained his claim that Iran isn't interested in developing nuclear weapons, instead, he deflected the focus on the United States and Israel's nuclear program.
"Both the Zionist regime and the United States government should be disarmed," he said. "The threat to the world are the bombs that the U.S. government and the Zionist regime have."
"We have no interested in [atomic weapons]," said the Iranian president. "We do not think that is useful."
The U.S. and key Western allies fear Iran could try to process its low enriched uranium into highly enriched uranium, which could be used to make an atomic weapon. Iran insists its nuclear program is purely peaceful, aimed solely at producing nuclear energy.
Iran has defied four rounds of increasingly restrictive economic sanctions aimed at compelling Tehran to prove it is not building a nuclear weapons program. Iran adamantly denies accusations from the U.S. and its allies that it seeks atomic arms.
Ahmadinejad is scheduled to speak Thursday at the UN General Assembly's annual ministerial meeting in New York.