(ANSA) - TEHRAN, AUGUST 15 - Iran has "categorically" denied any link with the writer's aggressor SalmanRushdie.
This was announced by the government.
"We categorically deny" any connection with the aggressor and "no one has the right to accuse the Islamic Republic of Iran," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani.
This is Tehran's first official reaction to the writer's stabbing last Friday during a literary festival in New York State.
Last night, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken explicitly accused Iran of at least inspiring the attack on Rushdie: "Iranian institutions have been inciting violence against the writer for years and the state media in these days have rejoiced over the attack on him.
All of this is despicable, ”Blinken said in a statement released by the State Department.