President Obama Speaks Out About Iranian President's Remarks

By: CBS
By: CBS

Iran's president defended remarks he made Thursday at the United Nations regarding 9-11. He claims most people in the world believe the U.S. was behind the attack.

President Obama has some strong words for Iran’s leader.

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“Well, it was offensive,” the President said. “It was hateful.”

The president is slamming Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for suggesting the U.S. government was behind the 9-11 attacks to prop up Israel.

But the Iranian president is not backing down from the comments he made at the United Nations Thursday.

“And particularly for him to make the statement here in Manhattan, just a little north of Ground Zero, where families lost their loved ones, for him to make a statement like that was inexcusable,” the President said.

Ahmadinejad claims most of the world, and most Americans are suspicious about what happened at Ground Zero and that the U.S. used 9/11 to justify two wars.

“Under the pretext of that event two countries were invaded and up ‘til now hundreds-of-thousands of people have been killed,” Ahmadinejad said.

President Obama insists Ahmadinejad doesn’t represent the people of Iran.

“And it just shows once again sort of the difference between how the Iranian leadership and this regime operates and how I think the vast majority of the Iranian people who are respectful and thoughtful think about these issues,” President Obama said.

The president says the U.S. and Iran do not have to be enemies and he’s still willing to extend a diplomatic hand.

On the topic of Iran's nuclear program, Ahmadinejad says he's prepared to set a date to resume talks with other world powers, possibly in October.


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