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NEW YORK (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday condemned as “offensive” and “hateful” the suggestion of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that the 9-11 attacks might have been orchestrated by the U.S. government.
The president’s remarks in an interview with BBC Persian Television came a day after the Iranian leader included the incendiary comment in his speech to the U.N. General Assembly. It prompted a walkout by the U.S. delegation and others.
“For him to make a statement like that was inexcusable,” Obama told BBC Persian Television in an interview at his New York hotel. “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 his Thursday speech, Ahmadinejad suggested it’s worth investigating allegations that “some segments within the U.S. government” orchestrated the attacks in a bid to aid Israel.
U.S. officials immediately denounced the remarks as “abhorrent” and accused Ahmadinejad of trafficking in conspiracy theories.
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