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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Monday that the turmoil on Wall Street is rooted in part in U.S. military intervention abroad and voiced hope that the next administration would retreat from what he called President George W. Bush’s “logic of force.”

In New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly’s autumn session, Ahmadinejad said, “The U.S. government has made a series of mistakes in the past few decades.” In particular, he cited “years of heavy military engagement and involvement around the world … the war in Iraq, for example. These are heavy costs imposed on the U.S. economy.”

In discussing Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands, the Iranian leader touched on his well-publicized refusal to accept the Holocaust as historical fact. A group of American rabbis welcome Iran’s President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York in a move aimed at countering an anti-Iran protest. Iran promotes peace and respects Judaism, spokesman of Neturei Karta International (Jews United Against Zionism) Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss said in a statement issued on the eve of President Ahmadinejad’s visit to New York.

Ahmadinejad was quoted Tuesday as saying that the majority of the world supports Iran’s nuclear program — despite the U.S.-led drive to impose more sanctions on the Persian nation over its uranium enrichment. On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry opened a rift between world powers over Iran’s nuclear case, officially voicing Moscow’s opposition to adopting new sanctions against Iran, and stressing the need for continuing dialog. Diplomats from the five permanent Security Council members – United States, Russia, China, Britain and France – plus Germany met in Washington on Friday but failed to reach a consensus on imposing new sanctions against Iran.

Ahmadinejad was quoted on NPR ” I believe the extremity to which the U.S. government has gone to extend support to the Zionist regime has caused the U.S. government problems around the world.” On Thursday he plans to join a religious forum hosted by five left-leaning Christian groups, an event condemned Monday by the World Jewish Congress.