Ahmadinejad comments on US, nuclear, holocaust

2009-09-23 19:09 BJT

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On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has commented on a broad range of world issues.

Hours after he arrived in New York on Tuesday, Ahmadinejad said he is interested in cooperating to stabilize Afghanistan. But he accused the US of creating chaos in the war-torn country. He urged the US to see Iran as a potential friend.

And he noted Iran expects a free and open discussion on nuclear issues with six world powers next week, but stressed Tehran will not negotiate on its own nuclear plans. Ahmadinejad muted his remarks on the Holocaust, but said he is not interested in debating historical details. Instead, he said he wants to focus on what he calls the wrong done to Palestinians.

Germany is condemning Ahmadinejad's denial of the Holocaust. The German Foreign Ministry has threatened to walk out of the UN General Assembly if Ahmadinejad keeps denying the Holocaust in a speech he will give on Wednesday. And Germany wants other European Union countries to do the same.

Editor: Liu Fang | Source: CCTV.com