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IRANIAN ASSAILS ENVOY RETURN

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An Iranian parliament member Wednesday criticized the foreign ministry's decision to allow the return of the West German and French ambassadors to Tehran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The agency, monitored in Nicosia, said Qorban Ali Salemabadi claimed the two countries led a European attack on Islam and the late revolutionary leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.The deputy was referring to a decision by 14 Western nations in February to recall their envoys from Iran in retaliation for a death sentence issued by Khomeini against British author Salman Rushdie for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his novel "The Satanic Verses."

France and West Germany decided last week to send back their ambassadors to Iran after the death June 3 of Khomeini, 86. Several European countries have already sent back their envoys.

Salemabadi, a deputy from the northeastern city of Mashhad, called on the foreign ministry to revise Iran's relations with Paris and Bonn.