Jones rethinking decision to cancel event, accusing Muslim leader of lying to him with promise to move Islamic centre.
The Florida pastor who threatened to burn copies of the Quran has suspended the plan in the face of condemnation by the US government and international outrage.
Hours later though, Terry Jones, who heads the Dove World Outreach Centre church, said the plan was only suspended because he was “lied to” over a deal to call off the event in exchange for a promise to move a planned Islamic centre away from New York’s Ground Zero, and may still reconsider.
The burning had been planned to coincide with the ninth anniversary on Saturday of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. But Interpol, the Pentagon and others warned that such an act would provoke violent acts around the world by outraged Muslims.
Al Jazeera’s Nick Spicer reports from Gainesville on the pastor who is showing no sign of being unnerved by the global backlash.