Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected the Palestinians' UN statehood bid on Saturday, saying no deal that acknowledges the existence of Israel will be accepted, TRT English reported.
Calling Israel a "cancerous tumour" threatening the security of the Middle East, Khamenei said that "any plan that seeks to divide Palestine is totally rejected."
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned the Jewish state and its allies to expect paralyzing blows that a NATO missile shield could not prevent.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas applied for recognition of a Palestinian state and full UN membership in New York on September 23.
The 15-nation UN Security Council is headed by Lebanese Ambassador Nawaf Salam, whose country supports the Palestinian bid. But the United States has vowed to use its veto power as a permanent member to stop the Palestinian effort in the UN.