Relations between Washington and Tehran have become increasingly strained in recent months, amid US claims that Iran is involved in attacks against American troops in Iraq. Meanwhile, in December, the Iranian President sparked outrage when he spoke of the Holocaust as a "myth" and said Israel should be "wiped off the map."
These subjects dominated a special forum in Boston on Thursday night, in which Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations answered questions posed by students and other members of the Boston University community.
With protesters both inside and outside the venue, about a thousand people gathered as Ambassador Javad Zarif took part via a live video hook-up from New York. WBUR's Meghna Chakrabarti was there and has this report.
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This program aired on February 2, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.