February 12, 2006 - Posted at 1:04 p.m. CST
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is again
calling on Muslim leaders to take a stand against protests over
drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.
Rice tells A-B-C's ``This Week'' that Iran and Syria have been
inflaming sentiments over the cartoons, which first appeared in a
Danish newspaper four months ago. She says Iran could have urged
people to turn away from violence. Instead, she said Tehran has
only made more threats.
Earlier today, Iran denied U-S and Danish accusations that its
government had encouraged protests that targeted Western embassies
Rice responded that little happens in the tightly controlled
nation without a government O-K.
A spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry is demanding that U-S
and Danish officials apologize for their accusations.