NPR logo
Iran's Ahmadinejad Expounds on Holocaust, 9/11
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/14663823/14663805" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Iran's Ahmadinejad Expounds on Holocaust, 9/11

World

Iran's Ahmadinejad Expounds on Holocaust, 9/11

Iran's Ahmadinejad Expounds on Holocaust, 9/11
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/14663823/14663805" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made a controversial appearance at Columbia University, outlining his positions on a variety of social and diplomatic issues. Introducing the Iranian president, Lee Bollinger, president of Columbia University, called him a "petty and cruel dictator."

In a tense address, Ahmadinejad defended his right to question the Holocaust, and reasserted Iran's right to what he said was a peaceful nuclear program.

Ahmadinejad also criticized the Bush administration in his address and took questions from the audience, as NPR's Michele Kelemen tells Robert Siegel.

The address came as world leaders are gathering at the United Nations in New York for this year's General Assembly. On and around the campus, thousands of students and protesters demonstrated over whether or not the Iranian president should have been allowed to speak.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.