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Iran’s former President Mohammad Khatami has said that a video purportedly showing him telling a joke about Iran’s Azeri minority is a "montage" and fake.

He said it was an example of bad election behavior and added that he respected all human beings.

He also added that the video was released to damage the campaign of reformist candidate Mir Hossein Musavi, who Khatami is supporting.

Khatami withdrew his candidacy after Musavi entered the presidential race.

The video sparked protests among Iranian Azeris.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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