Mottaki: 'One cannot wipe a country off the map'

"One cannot wipe a country off the map," Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki said during a G8 summit in Jordan, in response to a question about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's intentions towards Israel. "Every schoolboy knows you can't just erase a state from the face of the map, that is very clear," Mottaki said. Ahmadinejad's statement that Israel should be "wiped off the map" created a political storm in 2005. Even though Iranian commentators said Ahmadinejad's Farsi statement was mistranslated and its meaning distorted, the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran has since repeated in many variations his wish to annihilate Israel.