Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has told thousands of protesters near the United Nations that the Obama administration has "betrayed" the people of Iran.
Giuliani, who was a 2007 Republican presidential candidate, spoke at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in Manhattan at a protest that also included an appearance by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
The former mayor said Iran "should not be allowed to have nuclear weapons," and predicted that terrorists would use Iranian nuclear materials to stage attacks around the world.
"Tear down the murderous mullahs!" Giuliani yelled. "We need strong words, not weasel words."
Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday.
Demonstrators wore yellow vests with photos of people they say were massacred.
Native Syrians decried Iran's support of their homeland's regime.
Gingrich challenged Obama to take stronger action against Iran. "If you're going to support freedom in Libya, why not freedom in Iran?" Gingrich asked the crowd."If you're going to support freedom in Egypt, why not freedom in Iran?"
Gingrich urged the U.S. government to help Iranians oust Ahmadinejad by bringing to bear "political, economic, informational and other pressure."
He did praise the Obama administration for its push to take the Iranian militant group MEK off the U.S. terrorist watchlist, a decision that still needs to be approved by Congress. The group is a major anti-Ahmadinejad force once allied with Saddam Hussein.
With the Associated Press