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Iran denies being involved in attack on Salman Rushdie

An Iranian authorities official denied on Monday that Tehran was involved in the assault on creator Salman Rushdie, in remarks that had been the nation’s first public feedback on the attack.

The feedback by Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry, come over two days after the attack on Rushdie in New York.

However, Iran has denied finishing up different operations overseas concentrating on dissidents in the years because the nation’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, regardless of prosecutors and Western governments attributing such assaults again to Tehran.

“We, in the incident of the attack on Salman Rushdie in the U.S., do not consider that anyone deserves blame and accusations except him and his supporters,” Kanaani stated. “Nobody has right to accuse Iran in this regard.”

An Iranian lady reads a paper in Tehran on February 14, 2000 displaying a drawing depicting British creator Salman Rushdie as a hanged man.
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Rushdie, 75, was stabbed Friday whereas attending an occasion in western New York. He suffered a broken liver and severed nerves in an arm and an eye fixed, his agent stated. He was more likely to lose the injured eye.

His assailant, 24-year-old Hadi Matar, has pleaded not responsible to prices stemming from the attack via his lawyer.

The award-winning creator for greater than 30 years has confronted demise threats for “The Satanic Verses.” Iran’s late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini had issued a fatwa, or Islamic edict, demanding his demise. A semiofficial Iranian basis had put up a bounty of over $3 million for the creator, although it has but to supply any remark on the attack.

Kanaani added that Iran didn’t “have any other information more than what the American media has reported.”

The West “condemning the actions of the attacker and in return glorifying the actions of the insulter to Islamic beliefs is a contradictory attitude,” Kanaani stated.

Khomeini, in poor well being in the final year of his life after the grinding, stalemated Eighties Iran-Iraq warfare had decimated the nation’s financial system, issued the fatwa on Rushdie in 1989. The Islamic edict got here amid a violent uproar in the Muslim world over the novel, which some considered as blasphemously making recommendations concerning the Prophet Muhammad’s life.

While fatwas will be revised or revoked, Iran’s present Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — who took over after Khomeini — has by no means accomplished so. As just lately as February 2017, Khamenei stated: “The decree is as Imam Khomeini issued.”

Iran with building showing Iranian flag.
Rushdie was stabbed 15 instances through the attack in western New York.
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Since 1979, Iran has focused dissidents overseas in assaults. Tensions with the West — notably the United States — have spiked since then-President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled America out of Iran’s nuclear take care of world powers in 2018.

A Trump-ordered drone strike killed a high Iranian Revolutionary Guard normal in 2020, additional fueling these tensions.

Last week, the U.S. charged a Guard member in absentia for allegedly plotting to kill one-time Trump adviser and Iran hawk John Bolton. Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and an aide are below 24-hour safety over alleged threats from Iran.

Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors say Iran tried to kidnap in 2021 an Iranian opposition activist and author residing in New York. In current days, a person with an assault rifle was arrested close to her house.

Other denials from the Foreign Ministry have included Tehran’s switch of weapons to Yemen’s Houthi rebels amid that nation’s lengthy civil warfare. Independent consultants, Western nations and U.N. consultants have traced weapon parts again to Iran.

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