Says ‘scientific evidence’ for Holocaust must be examined; Israel retaliates says Iran is run by a ‘lunatic’ regime


Tehran: Iran on Tuesday defended its plan to organise a conference to examine what it terms the scientific evidence for the Holocaust.

At the United Nations, the Israeli ambassador said the conference plans were proof that Iran was run by an “extreme, fundamentalist, lunatic regime.â€?

The planned conference, which has drawn condemnation from Western leaders, is yet another step in hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s public campaign against Israel.

“For over half a century, those who seek to prove the Holocaust have used every podium to defend their position. Now they should listen to others,â€? Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hamid Reza Asefi, was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

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