Washington: Osama bin Laden, the most wanted
man on the planet, is not holed up in Iran but is in the US
capital, Washington DC, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
"Rest assured that he`s in Washington. I think there`s a
high chance he`s there," Ahmadinejad said sarcastically in an
interview to ABC News when asked to comment on reports that
bin Laden is hiding in Iran for years.
His sarcastic quip came when asked to responded to a
claim in new documentary "Feathered Cocaine" that bin Laden,
the Al-Qaeda leader has been living comfortably in Tehran,
Iran, for years.
"Your question is laughable," Ahmadinejad said with a
"Our position is quite clear. Some journalists have said
bin Laden is in Iran. These words don`t have legal value. Our
position towards Afghanistan and against terrorism is quite
clear... I don`t know such a thing. You are giving news which
is very strange.
"I heard that Osama bin Laden is in Washington, D.C.,"
When that remark was challenged, Ahmadinejad pressed
"Yes, I did. He`s there. Because he was a previous
partner of (George W) Bush. They were colleagues in fact
in the old days. You know that. They were in the oil business
together. They worked together," he said.
As for bin Laden sneaking into Iran, Ahmadinejad said
Iran`s borders are closed to all illegal entries, "whether
it`s the three American mountaineers, Mr. bin Laden, or anyone
else," he said, referring to the three American hikers who
were detained in Iran last July and remain in custody.
The Iranian President is in New York to attend the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the