Obama: Ahmadinejad 9/11 comments 'offensive'

NEW YORK, NY (AP) - President Barack Obama says it was offensive and "hateful" for Iran's leader to rehash conspiracy theories about 9-11 in his U.N. speech.

The president was commenting in an interview with BBC Persian Television.

His remarks were relayed by the White House.

In his speech, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested it's worth investigating allegations that "some segments within the U.S. government" orchestrated the attacks in a bid to aid Israel.

His remarks prompted a walkout by the U.S. delegation and others.

But the Iranian president is defending his remarks.

He also is challenging the United Nations to set up a commission to study the attacks.

Ahmadinejad says he didn't "pass judgment" -- but he added, "don't you feel that the time has come to have a fact finding committee".

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)