Ahmadinejad Says Israel to Disappear

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s president said on Monday Israel would soon disappear off the map and that the “satanic power” of the United States faced destruction, in his latest verbal attack on the Islamic Republic’s arch-foes.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was speaking at a gathering of foreign guests marking this week’s 19th anniversary of the death of Iran’s late revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in 1989, the official IRNA news agency said.
“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,” he said.
Turning to the United States, he said the era of decline and destruction of its “satanic power” had begun and added: “The bell on the countdown of the destruction of the empire of power and wealth has begun to ring.”
His 2005 statement saying Israel should be “wiped off the map” outraged the international community.