In response, Mr Ahmadinejad called the remarks "an insult", adding that more research was needed on the Holocaust. He again defended Tehran's nuclear ambitions and said it had every right to pursue a peaceful programme. Washington accuses Iran of seeking to build a nuclear bomb and arming insurgents in Iraq - Tehran rejects the accusations. Many Americans said the Iranian leader should not have been invited to speak at Columbia University. But his appearance was popular - crowds flocked to a large screen set up on university grounds, and tickets to the actual event were quickly snapped up.
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Despite fears from some that the controversial leader would go unchallenged in his comments, Columbia President Lee Bollinger quickly took the Iranian president to task in his opening statements, calling him "a petty and cruel dictator" and pointing to a number of well-documented instances in which the Iranian regime has executed children, oppressed women and imprisoned and tortured homosexuals, academics and journalists. Bollinger called Ahmadinejad's previous statements questioning the existence of the Holocaust "preposterous and ridiculous comments. Ahmadinejad parried many of the questions put to him directly, discussing the plight of the Palestinians rather than directly answering a question about his previous calls for the destruction of the state of Israel. When asked about the death penalty Iran imposed on homosexuals, Ahmadinejad discussed the death sentence for drug smugglers.