Iran's interior minister on Friday said widely condemned remarks by the Iranian president on Israel and the Holocaust had been "misunderstood" by Western governments.
"Actually the case has been misunderstood," Mostafa Pourmohammadi told The Associated Press, on the sidelines of an Athens conference on immigration.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "did not mean to raise this matter," the Iranian minister said.
Ahmadinejad "wanted to say that if others harmed the Jewish community and created problems for the Jewish community, they have to pay the price themselves. People like the Palestinian people or other nations should not pay the price (for it)."