New York: US President Barack Obama
on Friday slammed "hateful," "inexcusable" and "offensive" remarks
by Iran`s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the September 11
attacks in 2001.
Ahmadinejad sparked outrage in the United States
yesterday and a partial walkout in the UN General Assembly
chamber when he said in a speech that most people believe the
US government staged the attacks.
"It was offensive, it was hateful," Obama said in a
television interview with the BBC Persia service, according to
an excerpt released by the White House.
Obama said it was particularly offensive for
Ahmadinejad to make such a statement in Manhattan, just north
of the Ground Zero site of the felled twin towers of the World
The president described the site as a place "where
families lost their loved ones, people of all faiths, all
ethnicities who see this as the seminal tragedy of this
generation -- for him to make a statement like that was
About 3,000 people died in the attacks by al Qaeda
operatives who hijacked jets and flew them into the World
Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.
A fourth plane, believed to be headed for
Washington, crashed short of its target in Pennsylvania.