Iran’s Foreign Minister says that the it is up to academicians to decide on the truth behind the reality of the holocaust and the West needs to be more tolerant:
Last week, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust a myth and suggested that Israel be moved to Germany or Alaska, remarks that prompted international uproar and threatened diplomatic talks with Europe over Iran’s nuclear programme.
But Hamid Reza Asefi, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, defended the president’s remarks, which also drew a rebuke from the UN Security Council.
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“What the president said is an academic issue” he told a weekly news conference. “The West’s reaction show their continued support for Zionists.”
“Westerners are used to leading a monologue but they should learn to listen to different views.”