Tehran: Iran`s president-elect Hassan Rowhani was misquoted on Saturday by state media as saying arch-foe Israel was a "wound ... That must be cleansed," state television video footage showed.
The cleric, flanked by his bodyguards was shown marching in Tehran alongside thousands of people in support of the Palestinian cause and condemnation of Israel, marking Iran`s annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day.
In the clip, he actually said: "In any case, in our region, a wound has for many years been sitting on the body of the Islamic world in the shadow of occupation of the holy land of Palestine and the dear Quds."
Rowhani goes on to say: "This day in actuality is a reminder that Muslims will not forget their historic right and will continue to stand against aggression and tyranny."
His actual remarks differ from earlier reports by the ISNA and Mehr news agencies.
They had quoted Rowhani as saying "the Zionist regime is a wound inflicted for years on the body of the Muslim world that must be cleansed."
Mehr now appears to have taken out "that must be cleansed" from its original, without giving any explanation.
Rowhani will take office on Sunday.