Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he's proud that he angered the West with his most recent denial of the holocaust.
During a speech Friday, Ahmadinejad again rejected the holocaust as a "real event," saying it was a pretext for Israel's creation.
The hardline leader's comments come as Iran is locked in a dispute with the West regarding its nuclear program.
"The anger of the world's professional manslayers is (a source of) pride for us," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. The term 'manslayers' appeared to be mainly directed at Israel and the U.S.
His words are unlikely to endear Iran with the U.S. and others who believe the Muslim nation is enriching uranium with the goal of creating a nuclear weapon.
Ahmadinejad is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, according to the IRNA. "The most important message of this year's visit by president to New York is peace and friendship for all nations, fighting suppression and interaction with all nations in the framework of justice and mutual respect," Mohammad Jafar Mohammadzadeh, a spokesman for Ahmadinejad's office told IRNA.
The U.S. has invited Iran to begin talks regarding its nuclear program, providing a vague September deadline for Iran to accept the offer.
Javier Solana, the European Union's foreign policy chief, will be meeting with Iran's nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili on Oct. 1 to discuss the nuclear issue.