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Tehran Condemns Koran Burning By U.S. Clergyman

Source: RFE/RL

Iran has denounced the April 28 burning of copies of the Koran by U.S. pastor Terry Jones in the state of Florida.

The Quran (or Koran) is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims consider the verbatim word of God.

A statement issued by Iran's Foreign Ministry on April 29 called the act "insulting and provocative" and urged the United States to apologize to the Muslim World.

Jones burned the Korans and a depiction of the Prophet Mohammed to protest the imprisonment in Iran of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani.

Nadarkhani, 32, was arrested in 2009 and was sentenced to death for apostasy in connection with his conversion.

His death sentence was overturned by the Iranian Supreme Court in February.

The Pentagon had asked Jones to refrain from burning the Korans out of concern for the safety of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Based on reported by dpa, Fars, and AFP

Copyright (c) 2012 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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