Today’s call for Israel’s annihilation may represent a more nuanced view than held by prior Iranian governments

Contrary to remarks made by visiting UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond an Iranian official denied on Tuesday that his government’s policy towards Israel has changed and said that the Zionist regime should be annihilated.

“Our positions against the usurper Zionist regime have not changed at all; Israel should be annihilated and this is our ultimate slogan,” the Iranian Parliament Speaker’s Adviser for International Affairs Hossein Sheikholeslam was quoted as saying by Iran’s Fars news agency.