Speaking in a CBS interview, Iran’s FM acknowledges Holocaust; however, says it can’t be used as an excuse for an ‘apartheid policy in Palestine,’ adds US President Trump is acting like a bully while threatening European countries to halt business with the Islamic Republic.
In an interview with CBS, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif acknowledged the Holocaust, but said it does not justify the establishment of the State of Israel on Palestinian lands.
When asked by journalist John Dickerson what Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meant by saying at the United Nations General Assembly that US President Donald Trump’s conduct resembles to that of the Nazi regime, Zarif replied, “Iran has stated very clearly, we reject the killing of innocent people no matter what the numbers, no matter by whom.”
“For a Holocaust denying country that is threatening Israel to compare the United States or its leader to Nazis is among the most outrageous things I have ever heard,” the journalist opined.
Zarif acknowledged that the Holocaust during which six million Jews were murdered clearly happened.
“A huge number of innocent people died. But, it does not justify depriving others of their homeland. it does not justify building settlements in the territory of other people. It does not justify violating the rights of Palestinians. The Holocaust cannot be used as a justification for an apartheid policy in Palestine,” Iran’s foreign minister exclaimed.
The Iranian diplomat also stated Trump’s threats against European countries that refuses to impose economic sanctions on Iran are “unprecedented.”