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French terrorist attacks have nothing to do with Islam, says Zarif

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Sun 11 Jan 2015 - 13:51

TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated that the recent terrorist attacks in Paris have nothing to do with Islam, adding that an international coalition is needed to deal with the events.

'The developments showed how much an international coalition is needed to fight extremism as President (Rouhani) had said in the UN General Assembly,' he said on Sunday in a press conference with his Cyprus counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides here in Tehran.

'We believe that these measures have nothing to do with Islam, and have no effect but damaging the image of Islam and Muslims across the world.'

Zarif reiterated that confronting such moves need an 'all-out and shared response' based on global consensus.

Elsewhere, regarding Spiegel weekly allegation that Iran and North Korea are working for construction of an enrichment center in Syria, he said, the journal's allegation aims to create illusion about Iranian nuclear issue across the world.

He said these reports aim to create Iranophobia at the international level. 'While we have always said that we are against nuclear weapons and we need to dismantle all nuclear weapons in the world, and Supreme Leader's fatwa has already pointed to the issue.'

Masked gunmen stormed the Paris headquarters of the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, on Wednesday, gunning down a dozen people, including eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor.

A policewoman on Thursday also succumbed to injuries she sustained in a separate shooting in southern Paris.

On Friday, a shootout, followed by a hostage-taking at a kosher grocery shop northeast of Paris, left at least two people dead.

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