Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (NY-6), a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee released the following statement:
"I am outraged by the most recent hate speech against Israel spewed by Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It is further evidence of the need for the world community to press forward with multilateral efforts to thwart Iran's dangerous nuclear program.
"By calling the Israeli government an "insult to humankind,' Ahmadinejad continues his long standing tirade of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel threats. This kind of rhetoric poses a risk not only to Israel, but also to all nations that honor tolerance and peace.
"The United Nations Security Council and member countries more broadly have expressed their concern with their statements and votes in support of sanctions against Iran's nuclear ambitions. In light of the incendiary rhetoric and actions coming from Iran, I urge United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to uphold the spirit of United Nations sanctions and avoid attending the upcoming Non-Aligned Movement conference to be held in Tehran this month. The message to Tehran must be clear; its actions will continue to be met with sanctions and isolation."