President Barack Obama called new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani a “moderate” in his remarks to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. Yet Rouhani, who snubbed the president before giving a strident anti-American address, attended a rally calling for Israel’s destruction a few days before arriving in New York.
Iranian President Hassan Rohani took part in an event in which there were calls for the destruction of Israel just days before the United Nations General Assembly.
On Sunday, a few days before he left for the UN meeting in New York, Rohani participated in a military parade in Tehran. Trucks carrying long-range missiles passed in front of him, alongside signs calling for the destruction of Israel.
A picture of the event, published on an Iranian website and by the French AFP news agency, show trucks bearing Shihab 3 missiles, which have the range to strike Israel. A sign in Persian hanging on one truck reads, “Israel must stop existing.”
In Obama’s defense, however, Rouhani didn’t call for Israel’s destruction right away. Moderation, indeed.