Iran's Foreign Ministry backs away from threats to Israel

WORLD DIGEST

World Digest

October 30, 2005|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's Foreign Ministry released a statement yesterday backing away from direct threats to Israel, even as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice harshly rebuked the Iranian president for his hostile comments.

On Wednesday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in an address to 4,000 students in Tehran that "Israel must be wiped off the map."

The U.N. Security Council condemned those remarks Friday. Yesterday, the Foreign Ministry dismissed the council's statement as dictated by Israel, Iran's ISNA news agency reported, and said, "Iran is committed to its obligations stated in the United Nations charter, and it has never tried to use force or threat against a second country."

It said Iran favored a long-lasting peace in Israel, the return of Palestinian refugees and the creation of a democratic Palestinian government.

New York Times News Service

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