Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a couple of days ago that "Israel should be wiped off the map". Now apparently, it was all just a big misunderstanding. Iran never threatened Israel!! At least that's what Iran's Foreign Minister said when he issued a statement that Iran stands by it's commitment to the UN's charter.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to its U.N. Charter commitments," the statement read. "It has never used force against a second country or threatened the use of force." YNET
I don't know about you, but if someone states that you should be "wiped off the map", I would consider that threatening.
The foreign minister's kinda, sorta of apology came on the heels of mostly worldwide condemnation of the Iran presidents remarks. Strangely, no word of either support or condemnation from Arab countries. Maybe they didn't like hearing what any support for Israel would get them.
Ahmadinejad also condemned Iran's neighbors which seek to break new ground in their relations with Israel. "Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury," state-run television quoted him as sayingYahoo News
The disingenuous statement by Iran's foreign minister should not be taken as a sign of any peaceful intent by Iran. There is still the threat that Iran's nuclear program poses to the rest of the world. Mere condemnations and words will not stop these uncivil people. Action must be taken to rid the world of Iran's nuclear program.
It's nice that the majority of the world is condemning the words of the president of Iran threats that Israel needs to be wiped off the face of the earth. But something must be done to take away the very real threat of Iran's nuclear program before it's at the point where the ballistic missiles they have developed can carry a nuclear payload. Again, I say action not more words. Words didn't work for Neville Chamberlain when he was appeasing Germany. Appeasement will not work in this case either.