Iranian news agency says it misquoted Rouhani

August 02, 2013

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s semiofficial ISNA news agency says it misquoted the country’s president-elect Hasan Rouhani.

ISNA reported Friday that Rouhani said “the Zionist regime has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world for years and the wound should be removed” in remarks ahead of his inauguration. The remarks, made during an annual pro-Palestinian rally, echoed longstanding views of other Iranian leaders and threatened to tarnish his image in the West as a voice of moderation in Iranian affairs.

But after an outcry, ISNA corrected the quote, saying Rouhani actually said “in our region and under occupation of Palestine and dear al-Quds (Jerusalem), there has been a wound on the body of the Islamic world.”

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