The US Department of Sate released a press statement by Secretary Mike Pompeo on Monday stating that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has “once again called for the destruction of Israel”, which comes across as “seemingly calling for war.”
The statement added that Rouhani has also encouraged Muslims worldwide to unite against the US, which is a step that will “further deepen Iran’s isolation.”
“The Iranian regime is no friend of America or Israel when they repeatedly call for the death of millions, including Muslims. The Iranian people know better and do not agree with their government, which has badly represented them to the world for 39 years. The people have suffered under this tyranny for far too long,” the statement read.
Addressing an annual Islamic Unity Conference last Saturday, Rouhani had said “one of the ominous results of World War II was the formation of a cancerous tumor in the region.” He went on to refer to Israel as a “fake regime” set up by Western countries.
Iran supports militant groups like Hezbollah and Hamas that are pledged to Israel’s destruction.