Iran's Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, dismissed on Tuesday the possibility that Israel would launch a military strike on his country.
Speaking in an interview with Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper, Salehi said, “Israel is not in a position to wage war against Iran, and Israeli papers confirm it. The hinting at the military option by the Americans and Israelis shows that other options have failed. In any case, we are preparing for all possibilities.”
Salehi also described Israel as a “cancerous tumor" that is doomed to disappear, echoing remarks made last week by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who last week called for "wiping the Zionist regime from humanity."
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, expressed hope last week that Israel would be wiped off the map, saying, “The light of hope will shine on the Palestinian issue, and this Islamic land will certainly be returned to the Palestinian nation, and the superfluous and fake Zionist (regime) will disappear from the landscape of geography.”
Salehi told the Egyptian newspaper he hopes Egypt and Iran would restore normal ties after a three-decade cooling of relations.
He described Egypt as a "cornerstone" of the region and a state that enjoys a distinctive status among Arab and Islamic countries. He voiced his optimism for the future of the Islamic World despite the recent developments and crises in the Middle East and North Africa.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has signaled he will form an alliance with Iran and is scheduled to travel to Tehran next week.
Morsi will attend a meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement, now headed by Cairo and which will be led by Iran after next week.