At least two people were killed and at least 25 injured in an explosion at the launch of a new section of an oil refinery in Iran moments before Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech accusing U.S. President Barack Obama of trying to save Israel and of supporting dictators.
Iranian officials blamed the explosion on a gas leak.
Ahmadinejad took the opportunity to lash out at President Obama for hatching a “scheme to save the Zionist regime, global arrogances and U.S. interests.” Iran typically never uses the term “Israel” and instead describes it as the “Zionist entity.”
"The main enemies of nations are the United States, its allies and the Zionist regime. All regional countries must be vigilant," he added. "Anywhere there is a dictator, he is supported by you ... he is your stooge.
“What is the difference between a country ruled by one or two [dictators] for 30 to 40 years and a country dominated by two parties for many years?”
He accused the United States of creating dissension in the Middle East by trying "to pit regional nations and countries against each other and to wage a war between them.”
Iran’s reaction to President Obama’s policy speech last week was typical. The Iranian foreign ministry said that the president’s “remarks about our peaceful nuclear activities aim to serve the premeditated propaganda launched by the US-Zionist front to spread Islamophobia in our region.”