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The hard-line Rajanews website has suggested that the recent eruption of Iceland’s volcano and the cloud of ash that has led to travel chaos was God’s reaction to attempts by European Union countries -- led “by the U.S., Britain, and the Zionist lobby” -- to impose tough economic sanctions against the Islamic republic.

In a piece titled "There Is No Remedy For God’s Economic Sanctions,” Rajanews says that shortly after “rumors” about including sanctions on Iranian flights in a draft UN resolution gained strength, the volcano erupted and created a cloud of ash that resulted in the closure of airports across Europe, resulting in economic losses for EU countries. (The website doesn’t provide details on the source of the rumors but claims that it prompted some news agencies to report that the ban has been communicated to airports.)

“It’s not important whether they call it a 'natural disater' or 'nature’s wrath' or anything else," Rajanews says. "What matters is that 'the calamity' came from where they didn’t expect it.”

The pro-Ahmadinejad website continues by suggesting that the problems created by the volcano are akin to God’s own sanction against EU countries.

“We know that all the power lies in the hands of God and no one but God can remove a sanction it has imposed or make it ineffective," it says.

Iran's President Mahmud Ahmadinejad has made comments in the past that suggests he believes he has divine support support and inspiration. His supporters seem to believe his claim.

Critics say Ahmadinejad's government is encouraging superstitious beliefs.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari

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