President Obama speaking to BBC Persian Television
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Barack Obama condemns Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's UN speech

US President Barack Obama has described as "hateful" and "offensive" the claim by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that most people believed the US government was behind the 9/11 attacks.

Mr Obama was speaking exclusively to BBC Persian television, which broadcasts to Iran and Afghanistan.

Mr Ahmadinejad's speech at the UN General Assembly triggered a walkout.

Mr Obama said it was inexcusable to make such remarks in New York itself, where most of the victims of 9/11 died.

Nevertheless, he reaffirmed America's commitment to reach out to the people of Iran.

Mark Mardell reports.

  • 24 Sep 2010
  • From the section World
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