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Ahmadinejad speech attacks Israel, U.S.

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Israel will “soon disappear” and the “destruction” of the “satanic power” of the United States has begun, Iran’s president said.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a speech Monday to foreign guests, attacked Israel and the U.S., Reuters reported. The event marked the anniversary of the death of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

“You should know that the criminal and terrorist Zionist regime which has 60 years of plundering, aggression and crimes in its file has reached the end of its work and will soon disappear off the geographical scene,” Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.

Referring to the United States, Ahmadinejad is quoted as saying, “The bell on the countdown of the destruction of the empire of power and wealth has begun to ring.”

In 2005, Ahmadinejad sparked international outrage with his wish that Israel would no longer exist.

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