Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is using the Iranian issue to distract Americans from their internal problems, Iran’s Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Thursday, according to Iran’s PressTV.

Vahidi said the Republican candidate should stop saber-rattling, and start focusing on matters that truly concern the American public.

During the candidate’s visit to Jerusalem this week, one of Romney’s advisers said he would support a preemptive Israeli strike on Iran, if Jerusalem chose to act.

Romney himself also sounded supportive, though less explicit. “My message to the people of Israel and the leaders of Iran is one and the same: we will not look away. Nor will my country ever look away from our passion and commitment to Israel,” he said in Jerusalem.

“When Iran’s leaders deny the Holocaust or speak of wiping this nation off the map, only the naïve — or worse — will dismiss it as an excess of rhetoric,” added Romney.