Iran Won't Invite US and Israel to New Leader's Inauguration

GETTY_61813_Hassan Rouhani.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1374654565400BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) -- U.S. and Israel didn't get an invite to the swearing-in of Iran's new president. The official state news agency IRNA said that "the United States and, of course, the Zionist entity, which does not recognize Iran’s doing" aren't on the guest list for Hassan Rouhani's inauguration in Tehran on Sunday, Aug. 5.

Iran's contempt for Israel runs so deep that it will only refer to the country as "the Zionist entity."

However, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araghchi said that many other countries have already RSVPed and will attend the ceremony.  It wasn't clear whether Great Britain, which was invited, will show up.

Rouhani was elected president in June to replace outgoing leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who couldn't run again because of term limits.  Rouhani pledged more moderation in Iran's dealings with the West although he hasn't indicated whether Tehran will be more open to suspending its rogue nuclear program.

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