Iran's official reporting of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to New York City calls the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people an "incident."
The report by FARS News agency also claims that "meetings with survivors and bereaved families" of the deadliest terror attack on America are on Ahmadinejad's itinerary.
New York City officials refused to provide Iran's president with access and security for an official visit to the World Trade Center site following a firestorm of criticism over his announced intention to do so.
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the official voice of the foreign ministry, reported that Ahmadinejad also will "deliver a speech at Colombia University, and holding discussions with a number of American Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders will be among his other programs."
IRNA probably meant to say COLUMBIA University.
The state-run news agency also reported Ahmadinejad's declaration "that no one can do any harm to the Iranian nation," a reference to Iran's defiance of U.N.-imposed sanctions in response to the rogue state's ongoing program to develop nuclear weaponry.
"The world should know that the Iranian nation has fulfilled all its commitments regarding the treaty while those countries enjoying nuclear technology, despite their commitments and because of their selfish nature and monopolistic views, did not help Iran," Ahmadinejad told IRNA, which added that Iran's president was satisfied "with the return of Iran's nuclear issue to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)."