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Iranian Foreign Minister Lies About Holocaust on Stephanopoulos Show

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Yesterday, on ABC's "This Week," host George Stephanopoulos asked the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, about a statement appearing on the website of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, which refers in English to "the myth of the massacre of the Jews known as the Holocaust." Zarif, asked by Stephanopoulos to explain, said no one in the Iranian government claims the Holocaust is a myth and that this was likely a translation error on Khamenei's website.

Zarif told Stephanopoulos if the word "myth' indeed appeared, "It's a bad translation."

Attached is the exact language appearing on the website of Ayatollah Khamenei on September 30, 2013 -- in both English and Farsi. It is correctly translated into English by the Iranian Government. The English and the Farsi match.*

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said:

"Khamenei is lying about the Holocaust today on his website in both English and Farsi. Yesterday the Foreign Minister of Iran lied about his Supreme Leader's webpage. If they lie about the Holocaust, and they lie about what's on the Supreme Leader's webpage today, can we trust what they say about their nuclear weapons program?"

*Aryanpour Persian-English Dictionary shows "Afsaaneh" means myth, tale, legend, fiction, or fable. On his English website today, the Supreme leader refers to the Holocaust as a "myth" and on his Farsi website he refers to the Holocaust as Afsaaneh.

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