Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made waves yesterday when he suggested before the U.N. General Assembly that the U.S. government may have orchestrated the terrorist attacks of September 11. (Maybe the Iranian leader was still stinging because President Obama never responded to a message) Ahmadinejad sent shortly after he was elected to the American presidency.
Today, Obama reacted to Ahmadinejad’s remarks in an interview with BBC Persian TV, saying:
“It was offensive, it was hateful—and particularly for him to make the statement here in Manhattan, just a little north of Ground Zero, where families lost their loved ones… people of all faiths, all ethnicities who see this as the seminal tragedy of this generation.”
In the video below, after the interview snippet plays, BBC Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall elaborates on Obama’s words. According to her, the president went on to explain how accusations like Ahmadinejad’s make diplomatic relations between Iran and the U.S. difficult. As Kendall says:
“Further on in the interview, he says, well, if you see this sort of statement from the Iranian president, which is frankly disgusting to make in a place like New York … you can understand why we’re so mistrustful, so wary of having dealings with the Iranian government.”
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