We totally condemn the action and believe it was masterminded by Western countries, senior advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati, told reporters on Sunday.
"The terror attacks that were carried out against that publication are also condemned just the way other terrorist acts are. This should not be used as a pretext for insulting the sanctities of Islam,” the official, who is also the president of the Expediency Council's Center for Strategic Research, added.
He further pointed out that more than 1.5 billion believers of Islam across the world condemn the French magazine's desecration of Islamic values.
Such "cheap and shameful" measures attest to their inability to cope with the logic of Islam, the Iranian official emphasized.
"What has occurred was based on a plot and propaganda war against Islam and is completely condemned by us,” he said.
On January 14, Charlie Hebdo, whose Paris office was attacked by two gunmen on January 7, once more published a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad on the cover of its new edition, not paying attention to warnings that the move is provocative.