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Tehran – Iran is to hold its controversial proposed conference on the Holocaust in October of this year, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Assefi said Sunday.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad provoked international outrage last year by calling for the eradication of Israel, branding the Holocaust a ‘fairy tale’ and demanding a relocation of Israel to Europe or the United States.

Following international protests, Tehran decided to hold a conference discussing what it termed ‘clarification of the real dimensions of the Holocaust.’

The conference was supposed to be held in spring this year but observers say that it was delayed in order to avoid possible problems for the Iranian national football team before and during the World Cup in Germany.