Israel is behind a US Reverend's planned Koran burning, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Thursday, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA.
“The software for this plan was made by the Zionists following their defeats against Muslims and the Islamic world,” Manouchehr said in a meeting with foreign diplomats in Iran.
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According to the report, the foreign minister also blamed former US President George W. Bush and said Bush's rhetoric after the September 11 terrorist attacks led to the increase of Islamophobia in the country.
“The current US administration should fulfill its duties in guaranteeing the basic rights of American Muslims for avoiding the spread of such inappropriate and devilish moves,” added Mottaki.
Senior Iranian clergyman Ayatollah Safi Golpaygani also commented on the planned event, according to the DPA news agency.
"On behalf of a half billion Muslims, I condemn this savage plan and
warn of its consequences," Golpaygani said in a statement on Iran's
state television website, IRIB. "This pastor should be immediately
arrested and his church closed down."
The ayatollah said US President Barak Obama would be held responsible if the "gruesome and inhuman act" takes place.