Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Iranian Leader Condemns Nazi 'Massacre' of Jews

NEW YORK—Iranian President Hasan Rouhani broke from his government's questioning of the Holocaust, telling American media editors that "the Nazis committed a massacre against the Jewish people and we condemn that."
Mr. Rouhani's remarks marked a sharp break from his predecessor, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who reveled in questioning the Nazi's role in killing six million Jews and sponsored international conferences dedicated to re-examining the subject.
Mr. Rouhani himself, a week ago, told NBC News that he wasn't an "historian," when asked if he believed the Holocaust took place.

Associated Press
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani addresses the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.
But in a breakfast meeting American editors and media personalities on Wednesday in mid-Manhattan, the Iranian cleric and politician condemned the slaughter of Europe's Jews.
"The massacre of Jews by the Nazis is condemnable. We never want to sit side by side with a Nazi," Mr. Rouhani said.
The 64-year-old cleric reiterated that the exact scale of the Nazi atrocities, particularly the numbers killed, should be left to historians.
The tone of Mr. Rouhani's overall comments was part of a broader charm offensive launched by his government that is aimed at ending Iran's diplomatic isolation and rolling back expansive economic sanctions that have drastically reduced Tehran's oil exports and access to the international banking system.
On Tuesday, Mr. Rouhani offered to work with the U.S. to address international concerns that Iran has been secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons.
His foreign minister, Javad Zarif, is set to meet Thursday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in the highest-level diplomatic engagement between Washington and Tehran since the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran.
Mr. Rouhani's campaign hasn't gone on without a hitch.
On Tuesday, the White House offered to have a direct meeting between President Barack Obama and Mr. Rouhani, or at the least a handshake, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The offer fueled hopes of potentially a major diplomatic thaw between the U.S. and Iran.
Mr. Rouhani's delegation declined the offer, fueling a belief inside the Obama administration that Iran's leader is too encumbered by his political opponents in Tehran to take a diplomatic risk.
But Mr. Rouhani said on Wednesday that his government simply needed more time to prepare for such a historic meeting.
"We have no problem shaking Mr. Obama's hand or negotiating, but we need a plan of action to ensure these meetings create the conclusions that we want," Mr. Rouhani said. "We did not have enough time to make it happen. We never have a problem shaking Mr. Obama's hand."
White House officials said they believed Mr. Rouhani rejected an encounter with Mr. Obama because of domestic political constraints in Iran.
Mr. Rouhani also again committed to pursue negotiations over Iran's nuclear program with the five members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany, a diplomatic bloc known as the P5+1. A new round of talks has been scheduled for next month in Geneva.
Iran's president said Tehran is prepared to remove Washington's concerns that Iran is secretly pursuing nuclear weapons. He specifically cited Iran's willingness to work more closely with the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
"If there is a reasonable concern, we want to assure you of our peaceful intentions," Mr. Rouhani said.
Still, he reiterated Iran's position that it would continue to produce nuclear fuel through the enrichment of uranium—a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions requiring that Tehran stop.
Iran's demand that it continue to be allowed to enrich has been the primary issue blocking nearly a decade of diplomacy aimed at ending the Iranian nuclear dispute.
"We seek to ensure there is no discrimination between Iran and other nations," Mr. Rouhani said. "We seek nothing more than our legal rights " under the U.N.'s nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.


Nice one Hasan 'the man'! No doubt the liberal lefty appeasers will applaud this odious 'Mohammedan double-speak', as a true reformation of not only Iran's hatred of Israel, but The Noble Koran's dictum that Jews are the vilest creatures on Allah's barren earth and anything and everything is justified in their wholesale genocide!
Laugh? I thought my pants would never dry!!!

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