Iran: French ambassador condemns Ahmadinejad's comments on Israel

A French ambassador summoned by Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned recent comments by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad implying Israel would be destroyed, a French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Monday. Pascale Andreani confirmed that France's ambassador to Iran had been summoned over the weekend as part of an ongoing dispute between the two countries - sparked largely over Iran's nuclear program. Iranian news reports Sunday said the Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassador, Bernard Poletti, to protest France's policy toward Iran's nuclear activities. France has been a vocal supporter of new sanctions against Iran for the country's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, a process that can produce fuel for a nuclear reactor or fissile material for a bomb.