Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (NY-19) released the following statement regarding Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hateful and violent comments calling Israel "an insult to humankind and an affront to all world nations" and his claims that al-Quds Day was an "occasion for all human communities to wipe out this scarlet letter, meaning the Zionist regime, from the forehead of humanity." Hayworth also called on United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-Moon to not attend the conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran.
"Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's naked hatred of the State of Israel is an offense to every civilized nation, and a direct threat to peace and security that must be addressed immediately and definitively. Mr. Ahmadinejad's comments remind us that we are dealing with a madman bent on acquiring nuclear weapons and destroying a people and a nation that are a beacon of freedom in the Middle East. I continue to support maximal sanctions against the Iranian regime and I urge Secretary General Moon not to attend the conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran."