Sen. John McCain, the Republican Party's presumptive nominee for president, has been condemned by Iran for saying of high cigarette exports to Iran: "Maybe that's a way of killing 'em." McCain, who quit smoking about 30 years ago, said it was a joke.
Iran doesn't think it was a funny or appropriate joke, however, saying that it showed McCain's "disturbed state of mind" and that such jokes are "inappropriate for a U.S. presidential candidate." McCain has also sang in jest about bombing Iran.
His joke coincided with rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran over Iran's disputed nuclear program.