|U.S. should apologize over ‘provocative’ Quran burning incident: Iran||
TEHRAN - In a statement issued on Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned as “provocative” the recent desecration of the Holy Quran in the United States, calling on the U.S. government to apologize to the Muslim world.
Terry Jones, the pastor of the Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center church, set fire to copies of the Quran and a depiction of Prophet Muhammad (S) on April 29.
In March 2011, the U.S. pastor’s assistant burned a copy of the Quran and broadcast the ceremony on the Internet, with the images inciting violence in northern Afghanistan, in which at least 12 people were killed, according to AFP.
In September 2010, Jones intended to set the Quran on fire to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States but cancelled his plan due to international pressure and criticism.
Part of the Foreign Ministry statement read, “Such indecent actions by the U.S. pastor definitely incite religious hatred and provoke the wrath of the world’s Muslims, and this makes the responsibility of the U.S. government heavier given its inaction to prevent the recurrence of such extremist actions.”
The Islamic Republic of Iran vehemently condemns the incident and regards it as part of the already failed project to promote Islamophobia in the world, the statement added.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry also wrote, “The international community is awaiting an immediate, strong, and clear action by the U.S. government to deal with the perpetrators of the sacrilegious act and to… prevent the recurrence of such cultural crimes.”
And the U.S. government should “immediately” apologize to the Muslim world, the statement added.
Quran burning incident ‘politically motivated’
MP Yunaten Bet Kelia, who represents the Assyrian and Chaldean communities in the Iranian parliament, said on Monday that the desecration of the Quran by the U.S. pastor was politically motivated.
Speaking to the Persian service of IRNA, Bet Kelia stated that minorities of Jews and Christians are living together peacefully in Iran, adding, “The people (behind the move), who are puppets of the (global) arrogance (forces of imperialism), should be aware that they cannot sow discord among (followers of different) religions through such actions.”
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