Maloney Speaks Out Against Ahmadinejad’s Presence at United Nations

May 3, 2010
Press Release

New York, NY – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens), rallied outside the United Nations today with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Joseph Crowley, and Anthony Weiner, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and other New York leaders to denounce Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit to the UN and to call for hearings to investigate companies that do business with Iran.

Maloney’s remarks at today’s rally can be found below.

Thank you to JCRC, Malcolm Hoenlein, Senator Gillibrand and all other elected officials who are here today to stand up against a nuclear Iran.

Every time Mahmoud Ahmadinejad steps foot in the United Nations building, he makes a mockery of everything the United Nations stands for.

The United Nations was supposed "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war." The United Nations was created so the nations of the world could "practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors.”

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has not been a good neighbor. Under his leadership, Iran has armed Hezbollah in Lebanon. Under his leadership, Iran has armed Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Under his leadership, Iran has provided arms to forces that have attacked Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan. Under his leadership, terrorists have received weapons to carry out attacks on targets around the world. Under his leadership, Iran is developing nuclear weapons, which threaten the stability of the Middle East.

He himself has promised to wipe Israel – a UN member – from the face of the earth.

He has stolen the election in Iran.

He has crushed the Iranian opposition.

He has jailed and tortured opposition leaders.

For the United Nations – a place of peace – to welcome a terrorist, a despot, a man of war – makes a mockery of everything the United Nations stands for.

Ahmadinejad is coming to a conference that is supposed to recommit nations to the principles of: disarmament, nonproliferation and the peaceful use of civil nuclear energy. But there is every indication that Iran is dedicated to the principles of rearming, nuclear proliferation and the aggressive use of nuclear weapons.

The United Nations must stand up for its ideals. The United Nations must impose strong sanctions on Iran. The United Nations must send a message that a nuclear Iran is not acceptable to the world. A nuclear Iran will be a threat to every country in the Middle East. We need strong sanctions to force Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions.

I support efforts in Congress, by the Administration and by the United Nations to make sure Iran does not get nuclear weapons. If we don’t act now, it will be too late. We cannot afford to allow Iran to become a nuclear nation.