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Ban condemns Iran's threats, Holocaust denial

ByREUTERS
August 30, 2012 12:23

Without naming Iran, UN sec.-gen. tells NAM summit in Tehran that threats to destroy other member states unacceptable.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [file photo]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 370 (R). (photo credit:Ki Price / Reuters)

DUBAI - Without naming Iran, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon denounced his hosts in Tehran on Thursday for threatening to destroy Israel and for denying the Holocaust.

"I strongly reject threats by any member state to destroy another, or outrageous attempts to deny historical facts such as the Holocaust," Ban said in his speech to a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in the Iranian capital.



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"Claiming that Israel does not have the right to exist or describing it in racist terms is not only wrong but undermines the very principle we all have pledged to uphold," he added.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly denied the Holocaust and this month described Israel as a "cancerous tumor." In 2005 he caused uproar by being quoted as saying that Israel should be "wiped off the map."

Persian language scholars say a more correct translation of his comment would read: "Israel must vanish from the page of time."

Ban was attending the NAM summit despite calls from the United States and Israel that he should boycott the event.
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