The Iranian president has launched another stinging attack on Israel by describing the Holocaust as a “myth”.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is facing a fresh wave of condemnation for the comments, which mirror an assertion last week that the killing of six million Jews by Nazi Germany was a “legend”.
In October the former Revolutionary Guardsman described Israel as a “tumour” that should be “wiped off the map”.
He has also said the country should be moved to Europe or North America.
Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev had an angry response: “The combination of a regime with a very radical agenda, together with a distorted sense of reality, as is clearly indicated by the statements we heard today, put together with nuclear weapons, I think that’s a combination, a dangerous combination, that no-one in the international community can accept.”
The European Commission has described Ahmadinejad’s remarks as “completely unacceptable”.
In Germany, where Holocaust denial is a crime, the foreign ministry said the speech could affect talks on Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
One Iranian political analyst argued Ahmadinejad was trying to build diplomatic weight.