Ahmadinejad: 'Holocaust West's Achilles Heel'

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TEHERAN, Iran - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said "the Holocaust is the West's Achilles heel and its biggest weakness."

Speaking on a radio program, Ahmadinejad said Western nations use the Holocaust as an excuse to "oppress other nations."

"The West has taken the issue of the Holocaust to expose a hypocritical innocence [sic] and oppress other nations," the Islamic Republic's president contended, "but I have effectively attacked this weak point in the West," he said, asking "Where is the adventurism in this policy?"

Ahmadinejad, who is campaigning for a second four-year term in office in June's presidential elections, reaffirmed Iran's commitment to its nuclear program and said Iran has boosted its enriched uranium capacity.

"Now we have more than 7,000 centrifuges [at the Natanz plant in central Iran] and the West dare not threaten us," Iranian state news agency, IRNA (Islamic Republic News Agency), quoted Ahmadinejad on Thursday.

In February, Ahmadinejad announced that 6,000 centrifuges were up and running.

Iran's goal is 50,000 working centrifuges, which can produce highly enriched uranium in a matter of weeks, can be used to produce nuclear weapons.

Source: The Associated Press

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