Spiegel suggests Iran be expelled from UN

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12 December 2005, MAINZ, GERMANY - The head of Germany's national Jewish body, Paul Spiegel, on Friday described remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the worst by a "statesman" since Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

12 December 2005

MAINZ, GERMANY - The head of Germany's national Jewish body, Paul Spiegel, on Friday described remarks by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the worst by a "statesman" since Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

Appearing on ZDF public television in Germany, he said sanctions could extend to expelling Iran from the United Nations.

"The remarks from this man several weeks ago and yesterday are the worst that I have heard in this regard from any statesman since Adolf Hitler," Spiegel said, adding that "concrete sanctions" were needed.

He said: "European governments must seriously consider every form of influence from political and economic sanctions through to exclusion from the United Nations and then put them into effect."

Ahmadinejad was not just a "convinced Holocaust denier but also a racial inciter", the German Council of Jews chairman said.

The German Foreign Ministry called in the Iranian ambassador to Berlin on Friday to protest Ahmadinejad's remarks.

DPA

Subject: German news

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