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Supreme Leader: Iran not seeking a nuclear weapon
Published Saturday 16/02/2013 (updated) 18/02/2013 11:52
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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Reuters/File)
DUBAI (Reuters) -- Iran does not want nuclear weapons but if it did, no world power could prevent it from obtaining one, Iran's Supreme Leader said on Saturday, according to Iranian media.

The United States and some of its Western allies suspect Iran may be trying to develop a nuclear weapons capability under the guise of a civilian atomic energy program, a charge Iran rejects.

Iranian officials have said in the past that a religious decree by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei banning nuclear weapons is binding on the Islamic Republic, and Khamenei has repeatedly said Iran is not seeking an atomic bomb.

"We believe nuclear arms must be eliminated and we don't want to build nuclear arms," Khamenei said on Saturday morning, in comments published by the Iranian Students' News Agency.

"But if we did not believe this and decided to have nuclear arms, no power could stand in our way," he added.

The United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany are due to meet Iran for talks in Kazakhstan on Feb. 26 to tackle a decade-old row that has already produced four rounds of UN sanctions against Iran.

Separate talks between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog agency this week failed to produce a deal on reviving an investigation into Iranian research that could be used to produce nuclear weapons.

Israel, widely assumed to be the region's only nuclear-armed power, has said is ready to take military action to stop Iran developing a bomb, raising fears the standoff could escalate into a war.
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1 ) how do you know he is / LYING?
16/02/2013 13:59
he opens his mouth.

2 ) fkisrael / ali al ibadi
16/02/2013 15:18
this article is blatantly sectarian

3 ) USAUSA / USA
16/02/2013 19:09
How can the Iranians stand to call someone the 'Supreme Leader'. Can you imagine having to do that? Supreme Leader? How absurd. Is everyone a sheep in Iran? How can they stand that? And this Supreme Leader I have read is an opium addict.

4 ) Tom Kinney / United States
17/02/2013 01:51
You do not have to seek something that you already have. By definition, Iran already has a "nuclear" weapon.

5 ) Phil / UK
17/02/2013 12:59
The prophet tells the outcome of this man's plans in Jeremiah 49:44-39. Speaking of Elam (the ancient name for the area of Iran were they are making their nukes) Thus says the LORD: "I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their strength, And upon Elam I will bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven (the world's military powers) and scatter them to those winds. There will be no nation were the outcasts of Elam will not take refuge. I will cause Elam to fall to their enemies".

6 ) USAUSA / USA
17/02/2013 19:29
To Phil: the Elamites were destroyed. The Assyrians and Babylonians and Persians destroyed them over time. The Elamites do not exist any longer.

7 ) Elamite / Elam
18/02/2013 09:34
Yes I do!
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