EU's Ashton condemns 'hateful' Iran remarks on Israel

By REUTERS
August 18, 2012 20:43

 
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BRUSSELS - The EU foreign policy chief said on Saturday that comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called Israel a "cancerous tumor" with no place in a future Middle East, were "outrageous and hateful".

Catherine Ashton's language was unusually forthright for the West's chief negotiator over Iran's nuclear program.

Ashton "strongly condemns the outrageous and hateful remarks threatening Israel's existence by the Supreme Leader and the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran," said a statement by her spokesman.

"Israel's right to exist must not be called into question."

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