Officials slam Iran on anti-Semitic statement

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

International officials are condemning statements made by Iran's vice president at a U.N.-sponsored drug conference in Tehran where he blamed Jews for the international drug trade.

Catherine Ashton, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs became the latest official Thursday to condemn the remarks, saying in a statement: "The High Representative is deeply disturbed by racist and anti-Semitic statements made by Iranian First Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi."

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also asked Iranian officials to refrain from such comments.

Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said in statement late Wednesday: "The Secretary-General has on many occasions called on Iranian officials to refrain from these kinds of anti-Semitic statements. He does so again in response to these latest reported comments. "


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