TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s foreign minister has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a liar who requires deception to promote his policies.

The Tuesday remarks by Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York were broadcast on Iranian state TV hours before Netanyahu’s scheduled speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

“This is his nature, to lie … Over the past 22 years, the regime, Israel, has been saying Iran will have nuclear arms in six months,” said Zarif. “This game, in fact, is based on lying, deception, incitement and harassment.”

Iran and Israel see each other as arch enemies. Iran does not recognize the Jewish state, and supports anti-Israeli militants like Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Palestinian Hamas.

Israel has threatened to strike Iranian nuclear installations the West suspects have a military dimension. Iran denies the charge.

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