'Half of Westerners doubt 9/11 event'
A photo of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says half of people in Europe and America are suspicious of the September 11 events in the United States.
"Many in the West blame the US government in the occurrence of the September 11 incident," IRNA reported Mehmanparast as saying at a press conference in the Iranian city of Isfahan on Thursday.
He also made a reference to the recent visit of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to New York for a United Nations General Assembly session on the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and said President Ahmadinejad's "trip to the UN was a good opportunity to set forth Iran's public diplomacy, which conveyed Iran's message to the world."
The spokesperson further pointed to the "dubious" nature of the 9/11 event and said, "The US government needs to allow for the clarification of ambiguities regarding the incident and to refrain from jumping into hasty conclusions."
Mehmanparast also stressed the need for a probe into the event and said the US system, which claims to advocate freedom, should agree to such investigations as the event has entailed 'grave' consequences.
He explained that the United States embarked on a hunt for terrorists around the world under the pretext of the 9/11 but has failed to illuminate the true causes of the incident.
The Iranian official also condemned the killing of civilians in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001.