Leader’s fatwa on nuclear weapons binding for Iran: Foreign Ministry

Leader’s fatwa on nuclear weapons binding for Iran: Foreign Ministry

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast

“There is nothing more important in defining the framework for our nuclear activities than the Leader’s fatwa.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says the fatwa (religious decree) issued by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the prohibition of nuclear weapons is binding for Iran.

“There is nothing more important in defining the framework for our nuclear activities than the Leader’s fatwa,” Mehmanparast said during his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

When the Leader expresses his religious viewpoint in the form of a fatwa, it will be mandatory for us to act according to it, he added.

On February 22, 2012, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Republic considers the pursuit and possession of nuclear weapons “a grave sin” from every logical, religious and theoretical standpoint.

Mehmanparast concluded, “This fatwa is our operational instruction.”

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Iran-P5+1 talks

Referring to the talks between Iran and the P5+1 (Britain, China, France, Russia, and the US plus Germany), Mehmanparast said both sides had reached an agreement on the date of the negotiations.

The Iranian official added that the agreement had been reached during a phone conversation between EU’s Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs Helga Schmid and Undersecretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Baqeri on Monday.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, however, did not mention the date of the next round of the talks.

“The deputy of [EU foreign policy chief] Mrs. [Catherine] Ashton is expected to inform us of the P5+1 response about the venue of the talks so that we could resume the negotiations,” he added.

Iran and the P5+1 have held several rounds of multifaceted talks mainly over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

Terrorist attacks in Pakistan

Mehmanparast also called on the Pakistani government to make greater efforts in combating terrorism.

“Unfortunately, terrorist attacks in regional countries have endangered the lives of innocent people and we expect Pakistan’s government to expend more effort in fighting terrorism,” he said.

On January 10, nearly 130 people, including Shia Muslims, were killed and many others injured in a wave of deadly attacks targeting both Pakistani security guards and civilians in the country.

“All regional countries should cooperate to uproot this ominous phenomenon,” Mehmanparast added.

“Terrorism is the result of the interference of foreign countries in the region; they created this ominous phenomenon in order to achieve their political objectives,” Mehmanparast said, adding that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) can play a major role in mobilizing regional countries for the fight against acts of terror.

The crisis in Mali

Commenting on the crisis in Mali, the Mehmanparast said, “Our foreign policy is based on respecting the territorial integrity of countries,” adding that foreign countries must cease their support for armed groups that threaten the stability and security of countries.

Chaos broke out in the West African country after Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012. The coup leaders said they had mounted the coup in response to the government’s inability to contain the Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country, which had been going on for two months.

French President Francois Hollande announced on Friday that his country had launched a military intervention in its former colony to fight against the rebels.

Mehmanparast added, “We believe security and stability must be established, the territorial integrity of countries must be respected and any popular demand must be met through democratic procedures.”

The unrest in Syria

Referring to the ongoing unrest in Syria, the Iranian official said, “We should all make efforts and continue consultations in order to restore peace in Syria.”

“Those countries that support violent means and seek to escalate conflicts and are dispatching arms to Syria should know that this approach is futile.”

Mehmanparast stressed that the rights of the Syrian people must be respected through holding fair elections, adding that those who are against elections in Syria fear its results and are trying to undermine the prospects of such polls by increasing violence in the Arab country.

The Iranian official said that “defending the rights of the people in the region” is a principle for the Islamic Republic.

He further demanded an end to the violence in the Arab country to protect the lives of the Syrians and the prevention of any foreign meddling in the Arab country.

Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.

The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.

US anti-Iran allegations about Yemen

The Iranian official dismissed as “baseless” the US claims about Iran’s interference in Yemen.

“These baseless and unfounded remarks are aimed at leveling accusations at our country and creating a rift among regional countries,” Mehmanparast said.

US Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein on Sunday accused Iran of interfering in Yemen’s domestic affairs.

Mehmanparast noted, “We should remind the US envoy to Yemen that the movement by the people in the region and the wave of the Islamic Awakening have been the result of the Americans’ long-term support for regional dictators that has caused the regional nations’ hatred of the policies of the US officials.”

He lashed out at the United States for seeking to interfere in the internal affairs of the regional nations, urging Washington and its allies not to interfere in the region and allow the people to determine their own fate

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5 Responses to "Leader’s fatwa on nuclear weapons binding for Iran: Foreign Ministry"

  1. The Rahnameh  January 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    While I am not necessarily agreeing with your thoughts, I’ll give you due respect as to your skeptical nature. So, playing devil’s advocate here, it still makes no difference to Iranians if they have actual nuclear technology or if it’s just posturing that appears to be an achievement of nuclear progress before the world.

    For the Iranian people, it’s about unhindered development and progress of their country without foreign interference. It’s not about “creating a bomb”. It’s about not being dictated what they can or cannot do by hypocrites who have already interfered with their country’s progress more times than most other nations.

  2. Robb  January 16, 2013 at 11:26 am

    I know where I’m putting my money on the country that’s jerking all our chains, and it’s not Iran. The IAEA seems to have been heavily compromised by this same country which also begins with an “I”.

  3. stephanaugust  January 16, 2013 at 5:02 am

    An anti nuclear fatwa?

    Out on MSM-Street there will be silence …

  4. Sami Jamil Jadallah  January 15, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Israel, silent with its some 250 nuclear weapons and the many different means of delivery, and silent is also the US and major European countries that know well Israel has substantial nuclear arsenal perhaps larger than France or England but dare say nothing because of fear or retaliation by Israel and its many Fifth Columns in these countries, no one dare say anything.
    Iran on the other hand have pledged many times not to pursue nuclear weapons program, no one in the US and Europe believe it because of two reasons, one they simply refuse to admit it and second Iran’s poor domestic and international relations which has created much anxiety among its neighbors and its rhetoric about Israel which is used by the US and Europe to put the squeeze on Iran.
    These whole entire issues of Iran’s nuclear weapons have every thing to do with politics, politics to open a dialogue between Iran and Israel to normalize relations… that is the whole and entire objective. Should Iran open discussions and dialogue with Israel the entire issue of Iran’s nuclear weapons will simply disappear.
    Perhaps it will do well for Iran to mend fences with its Arab neighbors and to stop acting like Imperial Iran of the Shah and build common ground with the people. There is so much good will among people it will be a shame to waste it. Of Iran unconditional support and stand with Assad as he goes on to destroy Syria and its people does not help. I wonder what the people of Iran will do if the late Shah did what Assad is doing?

  5. LOB2065  January 15, 2013 at 4:37 pm


    The problem is that the US Government and the US mainstream media have never let the truth get in the way of a massive lie.

    The most amusing thing about all of this is that over 50% of US Government spending is on the US military, much of it is hidden in other budgets. The US is going bankrupt, within a decade its debt is going to wipe around 1% off its annual economic growth. America is turning into the next Japan.

    History tells us that empires fall because of the forces within, not external forces.

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