September 26th, 2013
01:20 PM ET

How Rouhani's Statement About Holocaust Played In Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that 'any crime that happens in history against humanity is reprehensible.'

In a departure from former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's new president acknowledged the Holocaust occurred against Jews, but how was the statement received back home?  CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Sayah says back in Iran, Rouhani's comment received little media attention with the exception of Fars News.

The semi-official hardline news agency claimed Rouhani never explicitly acknowledged the holocaust and accused CNN of fabricating the report by mistranslating Rouhani's answer.

CNN stands by its reporting and the translation was provided by the President's own translator.

Amanpour vehemently denied the allegations as well.


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