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17:47 | 2013-04-30


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Senior Politician: No Need for N. Weapons

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran does not want and even does not think of nuclear weapons, said a senior Iranian politician, who pundits consider as a most likely contender in the June presidential election.

Addressing a group of students in the Southern city of Shiraz today, Sadeq Vaez-Zadeh said it is hard for the Western states to understand Iran's assertions that it doesn't need nuclear weapons since their rationale and doctrine says nuclear power is a must for confrontation with a nuclear armed state.

That's why they can't accept Iran's opposition to nuclear arms, he added.

"Iran has changed the theory of nuclear deterrence which is currently common in the world and proved that the power of deterrence is possible without possession of nuclear weapons," he said.

Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Ayatollah Khamenei has on many occasions said the Islamic Republic considers the pursuit and possession of nuclear weapons "a grave sin" from every logical, religious and theoretical standpoint.

On April 17, 2010 Ayatollah Khamenei issued a fatwa 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.