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Iran's FM: Holocaust Denial Serves Israel

Grilled by conservatives, Javad Zarif explains why he walked away from Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial.
By Arutz Sheva
First Publish: 5/6/2014, 2:30 PM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Reuters

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, has defended recent statements he made acknowledging the Holocaust and said he will not let Iran to turned into a security issue by Israel, just because Tehran insists on denying the Holocaust.

In a session with conservative parliamentarians on Tuesday he said that as long as he is the foreign minister, he would not let the country to be portrayed as a security threat by the “Zionist project” through unrealistic Holocaust rejection,” Mehr News's parliamentary correspondent reported.

"Netanyahu is so barefaced as to put up a front stating that Iran denies the Holocaust,” he explained. “My colleagues and I have announced to the world, and we will say it again, that Iran and the Iranian people have always been a safe place and a refuge for minorities. Iran respects all divine religions and their followers and is against anti-Semitism and genocide,” asserted Zarif as he spoke to the Parliament on Monday.

"As long as I am the Foreign Minister I will not let the Zionist project to turn Iran into a security issue under the rubric of Holocaust to be realized,” he determined, adding that "Those who portray Iran as a global threat intend to put our country under sanctions and restrictions.”

Zarif said that the policies of the foreign ministry are all in accordance to the points of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Imam Khomeini.

In an interview with ABC, in response to a question about the Holocaust, he called the Holocaust a ‘genocide.’ His remarks angered Iranian parliamentarians and the Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Commission questioned him about the issue.

The summoning and grilling of Zarif is apparently part of the hard-liners' increasing pressures on the Rouhani administration.

After the questioning, the hard-line legislators reportedly said they were "satisfied" with Zarif's "explanation."