Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at his arch-foe Israel on Friday, saying the Jewish state was "doomed" and accusing the United States of shielding it.
Ahmadinejad's tough talk came during a news conference in China, where he was visiting the World Expo two days after the UN Security Council slapped Tehran with fresh sanctions over its suspect nuclear programme.
He accused the United States of being disingenuous, saying: "It is clear the United States is not against nuclear bombs because they have a Zionist regime with nuclear bombs in the region."
But he added: "They are trying to save the Zionist regime, but the Zionist regime will not survive. It is doomed."