Ahmadinejad blasts Israeli leader

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at Benjamin Netanyahu in an interview with CNN’s Larry King Wednesday, calling the Israeli prime minister a “skilled killer” who “should be put on trial for killing women and children.”

The Iranian president denied that international sanctions were hurting his country, and refused to commit to meeting President Obama if the opportunity arose.

Ahmadinejad also deflected questions about Iran’s nuclear program, saying Iran has “no interest” in a nuclear bomb and that no one is concerned about Iran’s intentions other than “the Zionist regime and some American authorities.”

We are not seeking the bomb,” Ahmadinejad said.

The United States and its allies are not convinced by Iran’s regular denials, and the International Atomic Energy Agency — a United Nations body — says it cannot confirm that Iran is not diverting nuclear materials for military purposes.

Ahmadinejad is in New York for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.He regularly challenges American presidents to talk to him in front of the world’s media during the UNGA.

“I think it would be very good to sit before members of other states and the media and to discuss our views — to have an exchange at the United Nations. I think that would be very positive so that everyone could hear what we have to say and it could help resolve many problems,” he said.