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Iran's Rouhani calls Israel a 'cancerous tumor' set up by western countries

Iran's leaders frequently condemn Israel and predict its demise, but Rouhani, a relative moderate, rarely employs such rhetoric

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Hassan Rouhani
Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Bloomberg

Iran's President Hassan has called a "cancerous tumour" established by Western countries to advance their interests in the

Iran's leaders frequently condemn and predict its demise, but Rouhani, a relative moderate, rarely employs such rhetoric.

Addressing an annual Islamic Unity Conference on Saturday, said "one of the ominous results of World War II was the formation of a cancerous tumour in the region."

He went on to refer to as a "fake regime" set up by Western countries.

says the United States cultivates close ties with "regional Muslim nations" to protect Israel, an apparent reference to Iran's archrivals and the United Arab Emirates.

supports militant groups like Hezbollah and that are pledged to Israel's destruction.

First Published: Sat, November 24 2018. 13:30 IST
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