With time until the beginning of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) conference in Tehran becoming ever shorter, the Iranian regime rears its ugly face yet again.
News agencies around the world have reported that the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had taken advantage of the al-Quds day (Jerusalem day) rally to threaten Israel and the United States.
The Iranian president was quoted among many news agencies around the world as saying that Israel was a cancerous tumor that will shortly be removed, and further, that there would be no Israel or United States in the Middle East map. This type of threatening rhetoric was also echoed by the Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami who stated that; “the nations of the region, which have toppled dictators, also have the power to annihilate the Zionist regime (Israel)”.
In response to the above statements the United States Department of State have issued an official condemnation stating that; “we strongly condemn the hateful remarks made over the past few days and weeks by senior Iranian officials”, and further, that “these remarks are offensive and reprehensible, and the entire international community should condemn such rhetoric”.
While the UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon had condemned the statements of the Iranian regime, he is yet to cancel his trip to the NAM conference in Tehran. By attending the NAM conference in Teheran Ki-Moon is not only undermining his own condemnation, but also undermining one of the key targets of the NAM- attaining and maintaining world peace.
A state whose regime openly threatens to annihilate another UN-member state is not one that is trying to attain world peace but rather to impede it. A visit by Ki-Moon to the NAM conference in Teheran will not only award the Iranian policies a stamp of approval from the world’s number one diplomat, but also from the entire world community.