- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 23, 2008

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Iran’s president is accusing “a few bullying powers” of trying to thwart the country’s nuclear program.

In a speech before the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also declared that “the American empire” is nearing collapse.

The U.S. and its allies allege Iran wants to develop its uranium enrichment program to make nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear program is purely peaceful and designed to produce electricity for civilian use.

Iran already is under three sets of sanctions by the U.N. Security Council for refusing to suspend uranium enrichment.

Washington and its Western allies are pushing for quick passage of a fourth set of sanctions to underline the international community’s resolve.

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