“The annual Mahmoud Ahmadinejad jabberfest is back in New York,” said the Chicago Tribune in an editorial. The Iranian leader’s “usual diatribe” against the U.S. and Israel is “wearing thin,” but his ranting does create a “superb distraction” from the real issue: “The threat of a nuclear Iran.”

Don’t count on the U.N. to face the issue, said Bronwen Maddox in the London Times. Its “appetite for censuring Iran” has always been “erratic.” With Russia opposing the idea of new sanctions to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions, “the diplomatic options are disappearing.”

Ahmadinejad is on a public relations mission, said the New York Sun, hoping to convince the world that he’s reasonable and open to dialogue. But “a man like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revolts Americans,” and the presidential candidates should let him know that the next administration won’t be any less opposed to a nuclear Iran than the current one.