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CNN 'very disappointed' at being banned from Iran
01.16.2006, 09:00 PM



WASHINGTON (AFX) - American cable news chain CNN said it was 'very disappointed' over its being banned from Iran for having misquoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad due to what the company called an error in translation.

'There are reports today, Monday, that Iran has banned us from the country. CNN is very disappointed that this action has been taken,' Nigel Pritchard, a spokesman for the company, said in a statement from CNN's headquarters in Atlanta.

'Due to an error in translation, CNN incorrectly quoted Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his Saturday speech as saying that Iran has the right to build nuclear weapons,' the statement said.

'In fact, President Ahmadinejad said that Iran has the right to nuclear energy, and that 'a nation that has civilization does not need nuclear weapons' and 'our nation does not need them',' the statement went on.

'CNN apologized on all its platforms which included the translation error, including CNN International, CNNUSA and CNN.com and also expressed its regrets to the Iranian government and the Iranian ambassador to the UN,' Pritchard said.

The US-based news channel CNN, a unit of Time Warner Inc, has been banned from working in Iran for having mistakenly quoted the president as saying his country is seeking nuclear weapons, a government official in Tehran told Agence France-Presse.

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