Iran defends conference to examine Holocaust

January 24, 2006 17:05

Iran Tuesday defended its plan to organize a conference to examine what it terms the scientific evidence for the Holocaust, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi also castigated British Prime Minister Tony Blair for criticizing the event, saying the time has come for Western leaders to hear comments not to their liking. "For over half a century, those who seek to prove the Holocaust have used every podium to defend their position. Now they should listen to others," IRNA quoted Asefi as saying Tuesday.

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