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Iran says CNN fabricated Rowhani’s Holocaust remarks

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Iran has denied on Thursday that President Hassan Rowhani acknowledged the Holocaust during an interview with CNN, saying Christian Amanpour should “account for the fabrication” of the president’s remarks.

Amanpour said in a statement on Twitter that “CNN reported exactly what Rowhani said.”

“Points for honesty go to the journalists at Fars” ? Really ???...” she added.

CNN translated Rowhani’s remarks as the following:

“I’ve said before that I am not a historian and then, when it comes to speaking of the dimensions of the Holocaust, it is the historians that should reflect on it. But in general I can tell you that any crime that happens in history against humanity, including the crime that Nazis committed towards the Jews, as well as non-Jews, is reprehensible and condemnable.”

Iran’s FARS news agency provided its own translated version of the president’s remarks, saying Rowhani never mentioned the word Holocaust.

“I have said before that I am not a historian and historians should specify, state and explain the aspects of historical events, but generally we fully condemn any kind of crime committed against humanity throughout the history, including the crime committed by the Nazis both against the Jews and non-Jews,” FARS quoted Rowhani as saying.

FARS said Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, should have “[listened] carefully to what exactly the Iranian president said about the Holocaust and edit those parts which didn’t correspond to Mr. Rowhani’s comments.”

“Even if we suppose that the CNN had no role in this blunder, the network first had the vital responsibility for checking the veracity of the translation of the remarks of the president of a world country about such a vital issue as the recognition or rejection of the Holocaust, especially when it is the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran speaking about this subject,” the agency said.