Saturday, February 16, 2013

Khamenei: Iran Not Seeking Nuclear Weapons

‘But if it did, no world power could prevent it from obtaining one’

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today is not seeking nuclear weapons, but if it wanted to, no country could stop it from doing so.

“We believe that nuclear weapons must be eliminated. We don't want atomic weapons,” Khamenei said.

"But if we did not believe this and decided to have nuclear arms, no power could stand in our way," Khamenei added. (, 16 February)

On Friday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the international community risks letting Iran use drawn-out nuclear talks with P5+1 and IAEA as a cover to build a nuclear bomb. Khamenei’s comments today seems in direct response to the Secretary General’s warning.

Note: In the past, Ayatollah Khamenei had issued a religious decree, or fatwa, banning construction of nuclear weapons. The Iranian officials had said that Khamenei’s fatwa was binding on the Islamic Republic. Today, Khamenei did not speak in terms of a fatwa against nuclear weapons, but instead on Iran’s political preference not to join the nuclear club. A settled, but important difference. 


Anonymous said...

That is their bottom line; they want the 'Japan option'; but they have to compromise and give up Syria for that option to be recognized; that means they should give up their antisemitism which - by the way - they confuse with and mis-take for national Interest of Iran ; they should not be allowed to have it both ways; the free loving people of Syria should decide for themselves ...

Mark Pyruz said...

Nader, I've tried unsuccessfully to find these comments at both and

Can you provide the specific link to these comments?

Anonymous said...

Nader Uskowi said...

You can read the Farsi and their own English translation by clicking the inscription part of this photo published at

Also ISNA and Khamenei's twitters carried it.

Nader Uskowi said...

Press TV translation of the passage:
“We believe that nuclear weapons must be obliterated, and we do not intend to make nuclear weapons, but if we had not had this belief and had decided to possess nuclear weapons, no power could have prevented us,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in an address to thousands of clerics, officials and people of the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz on Saturday.

Anonymous said...

Khamenei needs a tall glass of Zereshk juice !

Anonymous said...

Actually, according to the lonely delusional Zionist ladies in the low-rent Tel-Aviv apartment with "strong links to Mossad", Iran is now a defacto nuclear power and US has agreed to Khamenei's fatwa.LOL.

The North Korean test of a “miniature nuclear device” capability, combined with Iran’s ability to launch a capsule with a monkey payload into orbit, add up to their having achieved a nuclear warhead capacity through shared technology. Officials in Jerusalem were dismayed to discover that, instead of cutting this menace short, members of President Barack Obama’s circle were studying a bizarre plan to appease Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by seeking UN Security Council endorsement for his nuclear fatwa.

Source of this amusing disinformation or delusional information is your lowly debka.

Anonymous said...

Fifteen thousand nuclear warheads didn't stop the Soviet Union from collapse.
Because it was rotten from within and the same goes for the Islamic "republic".
It doesn't matter if the rotten Islamic "republic" have two,three,five or a hundred nuclear warheads it wont save the regime because the people consider the regime as a dead rotten body that needs to be just buried.