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Asked about the comments of President Ahmadinejad had said in relation to Israel the PMOS said that the remarks were not new and were no surprise. The remarks were consistent with what President Ahmadinejad had said before about Israel, ‘being wiped off the face of the earth’. The PMOS said that the remarks should not be treated as rhetoric and that the conclusions from Hampton Court last year had shown that calls for violence and for the destruction of any state were manifestly inconsistent with any claim to be a mature and responsible member of the international community and that this had raised serious concerns of Iran’s role in the region.

The PMOS added that comments such as these were why Iran, in general, caused concern and that the possibility of it acquiring nuclear weaponry was taken so seriously. The PMOS said that the Prime Minister believed that the world must be as united in its message to Iran as it had been in its message to North Korea. This was why we would push and work for a UN resolution in New York. Asked if there would be any statement on Iran coming from the Summit in Lahti the PMOS said that it would be a matter for Finland.

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