The National Post reports Iranian Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said a religious decree issued by Iran’s supreme leader banning nuclear weapons is binding for the Iranian government, suggesting the edict should be enough to end the debate over whether Tehran is pursuing atomic arms.
Iran is under four sets of Security Council sanctions and stepped-up Western oil and banking sanctions over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a technology that can be used to produce nuclear fuel or materials that can be used for a warhead.
“There is nothing higher than the exalted supreme leader’s fatwa to define the framework for our activities in the nuclear field,” he said. “When the highest jurist and authority in the country’s leadership issues a fatwa, this will be binding for all of us to follow.”
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said last year that Tehran is not seeking atomic arms.
Comforting and reliable words from a fanatic Islamist leader who believes he answerable only to G0d, has a penchant for denying international inspectors access to nuclear facilities, and wishes to destroy Israel and the West.