Hassan Rouhani
Hassan Rouhani Reuters

The European Union castigated Iran’s president Sunday, after he derided the State of Israel as a “cancerous tumor” and a “fake regime”.

In a statement released by Brussels Sunday afternoon, the EU called President Hassan Rouhani’s remarks “totally unacceptable”.

“President Rouhani’s remarks bringing into question Israel’s legitimacy are totally unacceptable. They are also incompatible with the need to address international disputes through dialogue and international law.”

“The European Union reiterates its fundamental commitment to the security of Israel, including with regard to current and emerging threats in the region.”

On Saturday, Rouhani urged Muslim nations around the world to unite against the State of Israel, calling it a “cancerous tumor” in the Middle East.

Israel, said Rouhani, is "one of the ominous results of World War II was the formation of a cancerous tumor in the region", adding later that Israel is a "fake regime".

Rouhani also attacked the United States, saying that "we have a choice to either roll out red carpets for criminals or to forcefully stand against injustice and remain faithful to our Prophet, our Quran and our Islam".

"Choosing to stand by the US is a betrayal of the Muslim world."