Breaking News

Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:35AM
  Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends a press conference on June 21, 2012 on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attends a press conference on June 21, 2012 on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has criticized the current world order as “discriminatory and inefficient”, calling for a new system based on “compassion and justice.” “Discrimination and inefficiency in the current world order set by corrupted powers has been proven to the world,” Ahmadinejad said at a Thursday press conference on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. He said that a small minority have established a method of ruling that is to their own benefit and to the detriment of other nations adding, they seek “to impose their domination on other nations by creating division, rivalry and hatred among them.” The Iranian chief executive said that the global powers, who have deceitfully dominated the centers of power and wealth, humiliate other nations and reserve the right for themselves to do what they want against other nations, including the proliferation and use of atomic bombs and chemical weapons. He described growing poverty and insecurity as well as persisting economic and social woes as instances of the inefficiency of the current dominating world order in tackling the global issues. “We need a new order that is based on compassion and justice and that all nations and human beings are treated with respect in it,” he said, urging collective efforts to achieve the objective. The Iranian president arrived in Brazil early Wednesday, leading a high-level delegation, to participate in the Rio+20 Summit on the second leg of his ongoing Latin American tour. The Rio+20 sustainable development conference, which is currently in progress in the city of Rio de Janeiro, is a 20-year follow-up to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) that was held in the city. The summit, which ends on June 22, seeks to reach a plan on how to sustain an economic growth without destroying the planet Earth. President Ahmadinejad is scheduled to travel to Venezuela on the last leg of his South American tour for a state visit. AR/AZ