Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Thursday that the Holocaust is "the Achilles' heel of the West and its main weakness", explaining that this was the reason for its continued mentioning of the subject.
Responding to comments made by his opponents in an upcoming nationwide election, Ahmadinejad told a radio station that "the West has created a situation of false pity for itself and is using it to oppress other nations".
He added, "We attacked the issue of the Holocaust and even they didn't believe such a thing occurred, because we attacked their main weak point."
Ahmadinejad then criticized former President Mohammad Khatami, claiming that he "conducted himself out of a position of weakness" and therefore "humiliated" Iran in the eyes of the world.
The Iranian president has recently come under attack by his reformist opponents, who accuse him of promoting policies that caused Iran's isolation as well as its high inflation and unemployment rates.
Ahmadinejad also told the radio station that his country currently boasts more than 7,000 centrifuges at its underground facility in Natanz, though he did not give an exact figure. "The West dare not threaten us now," he said.