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Iran leader's comments attacked
Mr Ahmadinejad warned Muslim leaders not to recognise Israel
The European Union and Russia have joined condemnation of the Iranian president's public call for Israel to be "wiped off the map".
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's remark has already been condemned by individual EU states and Canada who all summoned Iranian diplomats for an explanation.
A top Israeli minister called for Iran to be expelled from the United Nations.
The White House said the comment showed the US was right to be concerned about Iran's nuclear programme.
Those who insist on transferring the Iranian nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council have received an additional argument for doing so
Russian foreign minister
Western governments are bound to see the remark as further proof that Iran's hardline president is disinclined to curb his country's controversial nuclear programme, says the BBC's diplomatic correspondent, Bridget Kendall.
They may hope that a co-ordinated diplomatic protest will help step up the pressure, she adds.
"Those who insist on transferring the Iranian nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council have received an additional argument for doing so," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said during a trip to Jordan.
After the foreign minister's remarks, Iran's embassy in Moscow published a statement saying the president had not intended to use such strong words.
"Mr Ahmadinejad did not have any intention to speak up in such sharp terms and enter into a conflict," it said.
"It's absolutely clear that, in his remarks, Mr Ahmadinejad, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, underlined the key position of Iran, based on the necessity to hold free elections on the occupied territories."
Tens of thousands of Iranians have taken part in a rally in Tehran which Iran organises every year on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan to show solidarity with the Palestinian struggle.
Shouting "Death to Israel, death to the Zionists", the protesters dragged Israeli flags along the ground and then set them on fire.
Many posters and placards had the words "Israel should be wiped off the map".
Mr Ahmadinejad was one of several senior officials attending.
If this demonstration is anything to go by, there is no sense that Iran is backing down, the BBC's Frances Harrison in Tehran says.
But there are also Iranians who do not attend these sort of rallies, who are concerned that their country could become increasingly isolated under this new ultra-conservative government, our correspondent says.
Tehran says the West's reaction is linked to its nuclear plans
Several European countries have summoned Iran's ambassadors to lodge official protests.
But few Arab and Muslim countries have commented.
The Palestinians are among few who have responded.
"Palestinians recognise the right of the state of Israel to exist and I reject his comments," chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told the BBC News website.
"What we need to be talking about is adding the state of Palestine to the map and not wiping Israel from the map," he said.
Egypt, which has signed a peace treaty with Israel, also dissented from the Iranian line.
"In principle, we are way beyond this type of political rhetoric that shows the weakness of the Iranian government," said an official at the Egyptian embassy in London.
"Israel is our neighbour and we are helping them bring about a full and just peace with the Palestinians."
Turkey's prime minister called on the Iranian president "to display political moderation".
Iran has dismissed the international furore as a means of pressing Iran to compromise on its nuclear programme.
Negotiations have stalled between the EU and Iran over attempts to persuade Tehran to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
In Washington, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the Iranian leader's words underlined US concerns about Tehran's nuclear programme.
The US suspects Iran of wanting to acquire atomic weapons but Tehran insists it wants nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.