Exclusive Ahmadinejad Warns Europe to "Side with Iran"

In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he he still doubts "the truth" about the Holocaust and says he is still considering a trip to Germany to attend the World Cup soccer championship.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "You're losing your reputation."

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: "You're losing your reputation."

In his first extensive interview with a Western publication, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continued to express considerable doubts about the Holocaust.

"I will only accept something as truth if I am actually convinced of it," he told DER SPIEGEL. He also reiterated his statements questioning Israel's right to exist. "We are saying that if the Holocaust occurred, then Europe must draw the consequences and that it is not Palestine that should pay the price for it," he said. "If it did not occur, then the Jews have to go back to where they came from." Ahmadinejad also faulted Europe for its polices toward Iran, saying the Europeans are "ruining their reputation." Nevertheless, he described Iranian relations with Europe and Germany as "good" and said Tehran would seek to "further expand" these ties.

However, Ahmadinejad warned that Europe should "side with Iran" in the current nuclear conflict. Otherwise, Ahmadinejad warned in his SPIEGEL interview, "they will suffer only damage."

The interview will be published in its entirety on SPIEGEL ONLINE on Tuesday.

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