(NEW YORK) -- A White House source tells ABC News that President Obama found Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments about the 9/11 attacks Thursday at the UN General Assembly "deeply offensive and inappropriate, and especially inappropriate to have been made so close" to the site where the World Trade Center once stood.
President Obama had underlined in his speech to the UN that he wants to end the conflict with Iran over its suspected nuclear weapons program through peaceful means.
“The United States and the international community seek a resolution to our differences with Iran, and the door remains open to diplomacy should Iran choose to walk through it,” Obama said.
But just a few hours later, speaking from the same podium, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seemed to slam that door shut.
"The majority of the American people, as well as other nations and politicians, believe...some segments within the U.S. government orchestrated the attack to reverse the declining American economy and its grips on the Middle East in order also to save the Zionist regime," Ahmadinejad said of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, prompting the U.S. delegation to the U.N. and others to walk out on the speech.
The new U.S. sanctions against Iran are scheduled to go into effect by Sept. 29. On Friday, President Obama will give an interview to BBC Persia to speak directly to the Iranian people. An official anticipates that the president will address the remarks at that time.
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