Iran's 9/11 claims hateful, says Obama
Saturday 25 September 2010
President Barack Obama yesterday condemned as hateful, offensive and inexcusable a suggestion by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of a US government role in the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Mr Ahmadinejad also said there may be a meeting next month on his country's disputed nuclear program.
Mr Obama, in an interview with the BBC's Persian news service, lashed out at Mr Ahmadinejad for the latest of what the White House called a long list of outrageous comments that would deepen Tehran's international isolation.
"It was offensive. It was hateful," Mr Obama said, according to interview excerpts released by the White House. "And particularly for him to make the statement here in Manhattan, just a little north of Ground Zero, where families lost their loved ones ... for him to make a statement like that was inexcusable."
The United States and its Western allies are locked in a standoff with Iran over its nuclear program.
Mr Obama agreed to the BBC interview before Mr Ahmadinejad made his comments, as a way of speaking direct to the Iranian people.
Mr Ahmadinejad, in an address at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, said it was mostly US government officials and statesmen who believed al-Qa'ida militants carried out the plane hijackings and suicide attacks on New York and Washington.
- 1 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 2 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 3 The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
- 4 Why you're almost certainly more like your father than your mother
- 5 Westboro Baptist Church couldn't picket Leonard Nimoy's funeral because they didn't know where it was
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are an award-winning digit...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior VMware Platform En...
£10000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...
£17000 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...