Obama condemns violence tied to anti-Muslim film

By BEN FELLER | September 25, 2012 | 1:36 PM EDT

President Barack Obama addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Barack Obama is condemning an anti-Muslim film and the violence in the Middle East that has followed its release, saying there is "no speech that justifies mindless violence."

Obama says in a speech Tuesday before the U.N. General Assembly that "there are no words that excuse the killing of innocent" and "no video that justifies an attack on an embassy."

Obama says the video "is an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well."

The president was speaking in the aftermath of violent protests in the Middle East and North Africa connected to the release of an anti-Muslim video produced in the United States.

Four Americans were killed in Libya, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, along with more than 50 others in the violence.