Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi declared in a speech on Tuesday that the Talmud, the central text of Judaism, was responsible for the spread of drugs around the world, reports The New York Times’ Thomas Erdbrink. “The Islamic Republic of Iran will pay for anybody who can research and find one single Zionist who is an addict,” Rahmini said. “They do not exist. This is the proof of their involvement in drugs trade.” The anti-Semitic speech surprised diplomats in attendance at an international antidrug conference co-sponsored by Iran and the United Nations. Iran’s battle against illegal drugs is one of the few issues in which Tehran is aligned with Western governments.