Iran keeps up 9/11 rhetoric

TEHRAN, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Washington is using the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as a way to make its foreign policy objectives an untouchable third rail, an Iranian lawmaker said.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad irritated Washington last week when he told the U.N. General Assembly that "some segments" in the U.S. government "orchestrated" the Sept. 11 attacks in order to reverse declines in the U.S. economy and "save the Zionist regime."
U.S. President Barack Obama in an interview with the BBC's Persian service said the Iranian president's statements were "hateful," especially considering U.N. headquarters are only a few blocks from Ground Zero.
Nevertheless, Iranian officials continued with the theme by attacking Washington's use of the attacks as a foreign policy tool.
Bijan Nobaveh, a member of the Iranian parliament, said Washington was using the events of Sept. 11 as a sacred issue similar to the Holocaust.

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