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News number: 9106062906

12:59 | 2012-09-11

Nuclear

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Speaker Underscores Iran's Strong Opposition to N. Weapons

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani reiterated Tehran's steadfast opposition to the acquisition and possession of nuclear arms, but at the same time stressed Iran's right to access peaceful nuclear energy.



"Based on the religious teachings and the Supreme Leader's Fatwa (religious decree) which has banned nuclear arms and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), the Islamic Republic of Iran has not sought and will not seek the production and proliferation of such weapons," Larijani said, speaking in a meeting with Chairman of China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Wu Bangguo here in Tehran on Monday.

He stressed Iran's inalienable right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, and added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran, as one of the founders of a nuclear-free Middle-East, believes that like other member states of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Iran's access to peaceful and knowledge-based nuclear technology is its inalienable right."

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa on April 17, 2010 declaring that the production, stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons are all haram (religiously prohibited).

"Iran is not after a nuclear bomb. Why would Iran want a nuclear bomb? Moreover, when an atomic bomb is detonated, it does not just kill enemies. Rather, it kills innocent people as well, and this goes against Islamic beliefs and the principles of the Islamic Republic of Iran. An atomic bomb does not discriminate between good and bad people, and it is not something that the Islamic Republic would use. The Islamic Republic is relying on something that is not affected by bombs, foreign invasions and other such things. Such things only strengthen what the Islamic republic is relying on. The Islamic republic is relying on the people," a part of the fatwa said.

Analysts believe that the fatwa of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution can well serve as a beacon of light for Washington in order to find its way out of darkness and ignorance.

The fatwa issued by the Supreme Leader forbidding the production, proliferation and use of nuclear bombs is to be considered a political milestone in Iranian history and one which can salvage the Islamic nation from the spate of external threats and plots.

Fatwa is a religious decree issued by a Muslim leader against a specific issue and it is incumbent upon all Muslims to abide by it. However, in this particular case, the issuance of the fatwa has not only religious but political force as well as the leader in the Islamic Republic is the prime decision-maker.