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Iran's 'Moderate' New President Ducks Question About Whether the Holocaust Happened: That's for Historians


"I'm not a historian. I'm a politician."

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 file photo, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani speaks during the debate on the proposed Cabinet at the parliament, in Tehran, Iran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country will press forward with efforts to ward off military action by the U.S. and its allies against the Tehran-backed regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iranian state TV reported on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013. Credit: AP

New Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, repeatedly hailed as a "moderate" after his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, nevertheless ducked a question about whether he believes the Holocaust is a "myth" in an interview with NBC News.

"President Ahmadinejad said the Holocaust was a myth. Do you agree?" NBC's Ann Curry asked Rouhani in the interview, broadcast Thursday.

"I'm not a historian. I'm a politician," Rouhani answered. "What is important for us is that the countries of the region and the people grow closer to each other, and that they are able to prevent aggression and injustice."



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