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Iranian Cleric Demands Apology From Opposition Leaders


A hardline Iranian cleric has demanded that Iran's opposition leaders apologize for allegedly inciting weeks of unrest in the country.

Ayatollah Ahmed Jannati said during a Friday prayer service in Tehran that defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi and ally Mehdi Karroubi should say they are sorry for all of the people killed in post-election violence. Jannati also criticized opposition claims that Iran's presidential election in June was fraudulent.

Iran's foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, Friday accused "foreign powers" of fomenting the recent violence in the country. Mottaki said countries that interfered in Iran's internal affairs are accomplices in what he called the crimes and murders that have taken place following the June 12 election.

Meanwhile, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denied he has a rift with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, days after their public dispute over the dismissal of the vice president.

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