NEW YORK An American pastor has put off his plan to burn the Holy Quran after claiming he had a deal that would move a controversial mosque away from the site of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York, but the Imam behind the Ground Zero mosque quickly denied that he had agreed to move his project. Pastor Terry Jones called the denial very disturbing, telling reporters that assurances of a deal by Florida Imam Muhammad Musri led him to drop his plan to burn the Holy Quran on Saturday on the ninth anniversary of the terror attacks. We were promised from the Imam here, Jones said in an interview to ABC News Nightline. In the meeting, there were several people who can confirm that. We find that very devastating. If that [denial] is true, that would mean the Imam lied to us. Nevertheless, Jones said the Quran burning remains cancelled for now. We are still believing that this promise [on the New York facility] will come about, he said. Right now, we have not lost hope that this will end as we said this afternoon. Jones and Musri emerged from Jones church in Gainesville, Florida, Thursday afternoon to announce the decision to cancel his Quran burning, with Jones saying he viewed the supposed deal as a sign from God. The pastor said that Imam Feisal Abdel Rauf, the leader behind what opponents have dubbed the Ground Zero mosque in New York, would meet with him in New York on Saturday. He has agreed to move it, Jones said. And we have agreed to cancel our event on Saturday. Americans dont want the mosque there and of course Muslims dont want us to burn the Quran, said Jones. Rauf, however, said that there is no deal. I am glad that Pastor Jones has decided not to burn any Qurans, Rauf said. However, I have not spoken with Pastor Jones or Imam Musri. I am surprised by their announcement. We are not going to toy with our religion or any other. Nor are we here to barter. We are here to extend our hand to build peace and harmony, he told ABC News Christiane Amanpour during an interview airing Sunday on This Week. Lets say we moved under this current circumstances with this dialogue, said Rauf. What will be the headline tomorrow in the Muslim world? 'Islam under attack in America. Thats the theme of it. 'Mosque forcibly removed by whatever. That will feed the radicals. So diffusing terrorism is a necessity for our national security, he said. The developer of the project Rauf calls a multi-faith community centre also issued a denial. The Muslim Community Centre called Park51 in Lower Manhattan is not being moved, read a statement from SoHo Properties. The project will proceed as planned. Musri, head of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, later said that he never received word the mosque would be moved. He told The Associated Press that he had only arranged a meeting between Jones and Rauf. I told the pastor that I personally believe the mosque should not be there, and I will do everything in my power to make sure it is moved, Musri said. But there is not any offer from there [New York] that it will be moved. All we have agreed to is a meeting, and I think we would all like to see a peaceful resolution. He told CNN that he brokered the conversation between Jones and Rauf by speaking with Raufs wife, Daisy Khan. The placement of the mosque near Ground Zero is unnecessary and it has become a clear provocation to many people to be violent against mosques across the nation, Musri told CNN. Jones decision to cancel International Burn a Quran Day came on a chaotic day during which Secretary of Defence Robert Gates called the pastor in an effort to head off the Quran burning and real estate guru Donald Trump offered to buy out one of the investors of the New York site for 25 percent more than they had paid. Pastor Terry Jones: 'Islam Is ... More Violent Than We Thought Jones told Nightline that despite canceling the burn, events have upheld his dim view of Islam. Our opinion of Islam has only been confirmed through the very fact weve done nothing, we have not burned the Quran, [and] even though we havent done anything there have been riots and threats around the world to us, he said. That already confirms our mission has been accomplished to bring a greater awareness to America and the world that Islam is more dangerous and much more violent than we thought. Earlier, several FBI agents visited Jones at his church, the Dove Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida. FBI sources told reporters that the agents were there to brief Jones on all the death threats hes received and to discuss how they would protect him and the church on Saturday. The event sparked a worldwide debate over what kind of backlash the event may cause. The international police agency Interpol released a warning to governments worldwide of an increased risk of terror attacks if Jones went ahead with his plan. The US State Department also issued a warning to Americans living and travelling abroad about the potential for violent protests before and after the scheduled burning. Leaders of Pakistan, Indonesia and India called on the United States to take action to prevent Jones from desecrating the Islamic holy book, and Afghan insurgents were distributing flyers about the Quran burn to turn villagers against Americans. President Barak Obama has criticised the proposed burning of Islams Holy Book, and White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs on Thursday said the planned bonfire of Quran was a monumentally terrible idea. In an interview with ABCs Good Morning America, Obama called Jones plan, should he go through with it, a recruitment bonanza for al-Qaeda. Pressure on Jones also came from local sources. Gainesville Police Department Public Information Officer Tscharna Senn declined to detail plans to patrol the event, but said that the department was taking this very seriously. We are very concerned for everyones safety, said Senn. However, we have planned and believe that we have a very adequate plan in place to keep [the people of Gainesville] safe. The estimated cost of the extra security planned for Jones event was tens of thousands of dollars, according to Gainesville City Manager Russ Blackburn. Blackburn said hed send Pastor Jones the bill. Reuters add: The pastor of a small Florida church said on Friday he did not plan to burn copies of the Holy Quran on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. However, Pastor Terry Jones appeared to leave open the possibility he could change his mind if a proposed meeting fails to take place on Saturday in New York with Muslim leaders planning to build an Islamic centre and mosque near the site of the September 11 attacks. Right now we have plans not to do it (burn the Holy Quran), Jones told ABCs Good Morning America. Jones has said a Florida imam had promised him a meeting with the New York imam in exchange for cancelling the Quran-burning. We believe that the imam is going to keep his word, what he promised us yesterday ... We believe that we are, as he said and promised, going to meet with the imam in New York tomorrow. Jones said he would fly to New York on Saturday (today) with Musri to meet the New York imam at the centre of the controversy, Feisal Abdul Rauf. Sharif el-Gamal, project developer for the New York mosque, said in a statement it was untrue the centre was to be moved.