Iranian VP's Anti-Semitic Tirade Bombs with EU

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi may have taken his country's anti-Israel rhetoric a step too far Tuesday during a speech at an anti-drug conference in Tehran.

According to the New York Times, Rahimi told conference participants Zionists are "the main elements of the international drug trade."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict. They do not exist," he said. "This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade."

Rahimi also said the Talmud -- a compilation of rabbinic discussion -- teaches Jews they're a superior people and should destroy all who oppose them.

"They think God has created the world so all other nations can serve them," he said.

Rahimi also claimed Jews started the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and that Zionists gave gynecologists orders to kill black babies.

E.U. Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton called his remarks "unacceptable" and reaffirmed the European Union's "absolute commitment to combating racism and anti-Semitism."

"The High Representative is deeply disturbed by racist and anti-Semitic statements made by Iranian First Vice President Mohammed Reza Rahimi at the U.N. International Day against Drug Abuse," Ashton said.

U.N. Secretary Ban Ki-moon issued a statement earlier condemning Rahimi's remarks.

"The secretary-general has on many occasions called on Iranian officials to refrain from these kinds of anti-Semitic statements," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said on his behalf. "He does so again in response to these latest reported comments. He believes it is the responsibility of leaders to promote harmony and understanding and he deeply regrets expressions of hatred and religious intolerance."

One European participant quoted by the Times said, "This was definitely one of the worst speeches I have heard in my life."

"My gut reaction was, 'Why are we supporting any cooperation with these people?'"

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said U.N. and European participation in conferences held in Tehran "where the most despicable of anti-Semitic sentiments are voiced provides legitimacy to the Iranian ayatollah regime, which poses a danger to peace for the entire world."

"The international community has still not internalized the immense danger posed by this regime to world peace," Lieberman continued. "Hitler too said crazy things and succeeded in carrying out his plan."

"Today the situation is different and the sovereign State of Israel will not allow any Jews to be harmed," he said. But as long as the (international community) doesn't come to its senses and the ayatollah regime doesn't pass from this world, a clear recipe for disaster and a threat to world peace will remain unhindered."

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