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"Those who have over the past 70 years created tension, launched wars and caused destruction in the region and have committed genocide and caused Sabra and Shatila (massacre) are in no position to portray Iran as a threat," said Rouhani.
Also, he maintained that the development of Iran's missile program is aimed at safeguarding peace and security in the region, and "it will strongly defend its rights."
Netanyahu also said that "Iran is building an aggressive empire."
"Despite Netanyahu's claims, the fact is that illegal occupation lies at the heart of most of the calamities in our region," Zarif tweeted on Tuesday.
"Historically, occupying another's land has never been sustainable. This occupation, too - and the apartheid system that perpetuates it - will not last long," Zarif said.
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