The United States must choose between Israel and Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.
The Iranian president made his remarks Wednesday during a speech in Turkey, the official state Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
Ahmadinejad called on Obama to make a big decision about which country he will support.
“The support of both Israel and Iran can’t go hand in hand,” he reportedly said. “No change is made unless great choices are made.”
Ahmadinejad said he would not “clasp hands” in friendship with the United States if it continued to support Israel.
Ahmadinejad was addressing the 25th Session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
Meanwhile, the United States on Tuesday during a session of the United Nations Security Council accused Iran of shipping illegal weapons to Hezbollah. The more than three hundred tons of weapons were discovered Nov. 4 by the Israeli Navy last week on a German-owned ship that originated in Iran and was heading to Syria and Lebanon.
Syria called the charges “outrageous lies” and accused Israel of international piracy.
Israel filed a formal complaint with the U.N. last week.
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