Chile on Friday joined the international community in condemning Iran after the country's hardline president said that Israel should be "wiped off the map."
A communique by Chile's foreign ministry expressed "strong condemnation of these kind of comments that are a threat to the fundamental principles in the charter of the United Nations related to the maintenance of peace and territorial integrity of a state."
The comment by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was cited by U.S. officials as offering "a more full picture of the real nature of the Iranian regime."
More than a million demonstrators packed the streets of Tehran and other major Iranian cities on Friday voicing support for Ahmadinejad's call for the destruction of the Jewish state, AP reports.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the termination of diplomatic relations with NATO at a time when US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ended a meeting in Georgia with his counterpart