12 December 2005

TEHRAN: Iran expressed surprise about international condemnation of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks regarding the Holocaust and Israel, and accused the West of not tolerating differences of opinion.

The United Nations Security Council and many world leaders have deplored Ahmadinejad’s comments, in which he expressed doubt that the Holocaust happened and suggested Israel be moved to Europe.

But Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said reaction to the Iranian president’s remarks was unfair.

“I’m surprised by the reaction to these comments,” he told a weekly news conference. “Some foreign circles and foreign countries are giving a misleading impression (of what Ahmadinejad said).” Speaking in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Ahmadinejad said. Full story.