Ahmadinejad rips capitalism in Cuban university speech

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized capitalism as a system in decay in a speech in Cuba, his latest stop on a Latin American tour.

Ahmadinejad said Wednesday capitalism is a dead-end street and said when capitalists lack logic they resort to using weapons to kill and destroy. He made the remarks during a speech at the University of Havana, where he was also awarded an honorary degree.

The Iranian leader did not discuss his country’s controversial nuclear program or the bombing Wednesday that killed an Iranian nuclear scientist in Tehran. Iranian officials have blamed the attack on Israel and the United States.

The visit comes as international pressure is mounting on Tehran over its nuclear program for which it is facing growing sanctions.

President Ahmadinejad’s visit to Cuba is part of a four-nation Latin America tour that has already taken him to Venezuela and Nicaragua, where he attended the inauguration of President Daniel Ortega.

Later Wednesday he was expected to meet with Cuban President Raúl Castro as well as with Fidel Castro before heading to Ecuador.

In recent years, the Iranian president has courted leftist, populist and anti-American Latin American leaders, particularly the Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez.

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