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Iran lodged a protest with the United Nations over an Israeli lawmaker’s veiled threat that Israel could abduct its president.

In the protest letter, Iran’s U.N. representative Mohammad Khazaei said that statements made by former Mossad agent and current Israeli Cabinet minister Rafi Eitan to the German weekly Der Spiegel earlier this week were “outrageous and vicious,” Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported Wednesday.

“The threat of force and committing crimes such as abducting a member of the United Nations is a clear violation of international rights and is contrary to the UN charter,” the letter stated.

Khazaei demanded “firm action” by the Security Council over threats from Israel.

Speaking to Der Spiegel, Eitan said Monday that the era of the Mossad hunting down old Nazis such as Adolf Eichmann is over, “but that’s not to say that such operations are completely a thing of the past.”

“It could very well be that a leader such as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suddenly finds himself before the International Criminal Court in The Hague,” he said. “Those who spread poison and want to eradicate another people have to expect such consequences.”

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