Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday that US pursuit of “hegemonic” practices harbingers its downfall. During an interview by CNN, as reported by the Iranian media, Ahmadinejad said the US has earned itself the position of a “hated” government as it “encroaches upon the independence of sovereign nations.” He predicted the “collapse of the US Empire” [IRNA, 22 October].
“The American administration should change its policies as these have failed both domestically and internationally,” said Ahmadinejad.
Ahmadinejad also dismissed as “baseless” US allegations that Iran was involved in an assassination plot against the Saudi ambassador to Washington. He said the US was attempting to drive a wedge between Iran and Saudi Arabia.