Iranians “would not be missed” if they decided to boycott the London Olympics, David Cameron is reported as saying.
Last week, Iran threatened to stay away over claims the 2012 logo was racist as it resembled the word “Zion”, a biblical term for Israel.
The prime minister told London-based paper Jewish News: “It’s completely paranoid. If the Iranians don’t want to come, don’t come – we won’t miss you.
“It would be a crazy reason for not coming,” he said.
The London logo shows the numbers “2012” in four jagged figures and until now has only been criticised for its design.
‘Embrace the spirit’
Iranian Olympic officals sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) highlighting the perceived link.
But IOC president Jacques Rogge dismissed the claims and said he would “quietly” reply saying the logo “has nothing to do with racism or any political connotation”.