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In the poem, Grass didn’t mention those calls, which have been made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but obliquely referred to the Iranian people being “subjugated by a loudmouth.”

Israel is widely believed to have an arsenal of nuclear weapons, but has never admitted it, pursuing instead an official policy of “ambiguity” to deter potential attackers.

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Ali Akbar Dareini in Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.

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