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UN leader Ban Ki-moon is "dismayed" by the latest anti-Israel comments made by Iranian leaders, a spokesman said Friday.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's attack on Israel as being a "cancerous tumour" has already been condemned by the United States and France. Ahead of mass demonstrations in Tehran on Friday, supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Israel will "disappear".
 
"The secretary general is dismayed by the remarks threatening Israel's existence attributed over the last two days to the supreme leader and the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran," said a statement released by his spokesman Martin Nesirky.
 
Ban "condemns these offensive and inflammatory statements," he said.
 
Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders have frequently made such statements to condemn Israel.
 
The UN secretary general said that "all leaders in the region should use their voices at this time to lower, rather than to escalate, tensions," added the spokesman.
 
"In accordance with the United Nations Charter, all members must refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state." Iran is locked in a nuclear showdown with the United States and its allies in Europe. Israeli media has speculated that the Israeli military could attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

August/18/2012

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VMT Ankara

8/19/2012 2:24:10 AM

I'm sure that Iran did not mean that Israel or Jews are a cancer. I'm sure they meant that the Zionist terrorist that rule Israel & who have infiltrate most local, state & federal governments in America, destroying America from within, & who have committed more terrorist acts than all other countries combine, is the cancer Iran was referring to. There is really no difference between the World War 2 German Nazis, Storm Troopers and SS and the Zionist terrorist apartheid pariah Israeli regime.

ilker avni

8/19/2012 2:09:25 AM

@ Joshua You are right,Iran is a nation liveing in fear,Iran calls it self a Islamic Republic,a nation of God led by its Supreme Grand leader who calls for the destruction of a nation.How can you trust the words from this man,when he says nuclear weapons are a sin,isnt calling the destruction of a entire nation not a sin?.Iran is full of hipocracy,a danger to the Middle East.It uses israel,and threats of military srikes to show off its military power to its neighbours and to the world.

rich bind

8/19/2012 1:47:37 AM

@Hamdan The true statistics are that in the entire conflict between Israel & the Palestinians there has been a total of 6,500 killed on the Palestinian side, not tens of thousands and certainly not the massive number of deaths always hinted at. On the other hand, Palestinian rockets fired into southern Israel on an almost daily basis, does disrupt the lives of tens of thousands of civilians every day. Think PKK shelling Turkey from bases in Iraq and Syria every day, as a comparison.

Blue Beyond

8/18/2012 10:30:28 PM

Mr. Ahmedinejad should be made aware of the western aphorism: evil to him who evil thinks.

rich bind

8/18/2012 6:42:36 PM

Ahmandinejad is beating an old drum. Chants of "We will drive the Jews into the sea" have been the mainstay of anti-Isreali Arabs for decades and look what that has resulted in. Today Israel is a world leader in new technology and innovation not to mention stronger than ever in its ability to protect itself.

Shah Hamdan

8/18/2012 4:16:29 PM

It will be better Mr. Ban if you use same language for Israel and American atrocities too. They kill tens of thousands in name of collateral damage and no words come from UN or Its puppet GS.

Joshua Bronxman

8/18/2012 2:21:01 PM

Iran is not known for acting civily on the world stage. It also needs an external enemy to rally suport from its own people and take their minds off of the regime's failings at home.
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