Iran’s Rouhani on Holocaust: ‘A Massacre That Cannot Be Denied’ - World News
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani repudiated his predecessor’s Holocaust denials on Wednesday, saying the Nazis “committed a crime against Jews” but that the question of “scale” should be left to historians.
“The Nazis carried out a massacre that cannot be denied, especially against the Jewish people,” he said in an informal conversation with a small group of U.S. reporters, including NBC News.
Last week, in Tehran, Rouhani hedged when asked by NBC News’ Ann Curry to comment on ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinjead’s repeated denials that the Holocaust happened, saying he was a politician and not a historian.
Now in New York for the United National General Assembly, Rouhani has been striving to present himself as a moderate in the hopes of jump-starting talks on his country’s nuclear program and getting economic sanctions rolled back.
Asked again about the Holocaust, he did not duck the issue.