Otto Schily calls Tehran remarks 'disgraceful'

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20 July 2005, BERLIN - A German cabinet minister Wednesday rejected as "incredibly disgraceful" remarks reportedly made about him by an Iranian official who accused him of Zionist links.

20 July 2005

BERLIN - A German cabinet minister Wednesday rejected as "incredibly disgraceful" remarks reportedly made about him by an Iranian official who accused him of Zionist links.

At issue is an interview by German Interior Minister Otto Schily with a German news magazine in which he said "...and when we now hear that Iran and Iraq will now cooperate more closely, and in Tehran meanwhile a fundamentalist comes to power with whom it is not certain that he has distanced himself absolutely from terrorism, these are all perspectives that raise major concerns".

In response, Tehran Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid-Resa Assefi was quoted by an Iranian newspaper as saying: "I suggest that Schily express himself more circumspectly and that he tear himself loose from the influence of Zionist circles and respect the principles of democracy."

Schily's spokesman Rainer Lingenthal rejected that response Wednesday as "incredibly disgraceful".

Lingenthal added, "It takes incalculable gall for someone to say such things in a country where human rights are consistently violated."

DPA

Subject: German news

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