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William Hague condemns Koran burning plan in United States

Plans by a small US church to burn the Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 have been condemned by Foreign Secretary William Hague.

"I hope the individuals involved will think more carefully about it and desist", he said.

Pastor Terry Jones, who leads a congregation of 50 followers in the city of Gainesville, Florida, said burning copies of the book was a way of standing up to terrorism.

His plans have already drawn condemnation from the Vatican, Nato and Pakistan.