During an interview that aired on Tuesday, CNN's Christiane Amanpour spoke with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about a number of issues, including the Holocaust. According to the transcript of the interview, Rouhani said “the crime the Nazis committed towards the Jews, as well as non-Jewish people, is reprehensible and condemnable." At least one group is claiming that isn’t what he actually said.
Iran's FARS News Agency said that CNN's translation was "totally inaccurate and untrustworthy," and accused the network of inserting the words "Holocaust" and "reprehensible." CNN says it used a translator provided by the Iranian government, Newser reported.
A portion of the disputed transcript is below:
AMANPOUR: One of the things your predecessor used to do from this very platform was deny the Holocaust and pretend that it was a myth. I want to know you, your position on the Holocaust.
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Do you accept what it was? And what was it?
ROUHANI: I have said before that I am not a historian personally and that when it comes to speaking of the dimensions of the Holocaust as such, it is the historians that should reflect on it.
But in general, I can tell you that any crime or - that happens in history against humanity, including the crime that the Nazis committed towards the Jews, as well as non-Jewish people, is reprehensible and condemnable, as far as we are concerned.
And just as even such crimes are - if they are to happen today against any creed or belief system or human being as such, we shall again condemn it.
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So what the Nazis did is condemnable. The dimensions of whatever it is, the historians have to understand what it is. I am not a historian myself, but we - it must be clear here, is that when there is an atrocity, a crime that happens, it should not become a cover to work against the interests or - or justify the crimes against another nation or another group of people.
So if the Nazis, however criminal they were, we condemn them, whatever criminality they committed against the Jews, we condemn, because genocide, the taking of the human life, is condemnable.
The CNN interview is below: