Use of nuclear weapons is ‘haram’, says Iran’s supreme leader

By AFP
Published: October 9, 2019
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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gives a speech to a group of scholars and seminary students of religious sciences in Tehran.  PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gives a speech to a group of scholars and seminary students of religious sciences in Tehran. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

TEHRAN: Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran could have taken the step to develop nuclear weapons but will not because their use is “haram”, or forbidden in Islam.

“Although we could have taken steps on this path, based on Islamic ruling we firmly and bravely said we won’t take this path,” Khamenei said.

“Both building and stockpiling it is wrong, as using it is haram,” he told a group of academics in a video posted on his office’s Twitter account.

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“If we had a nuclear weapon, it would have been obvious that it would have been impossible for us to use anywhere,” said the Iranian leader
“Under Islamic principles it is definitely haram.”

Iran vehemently denies having ever sought an atomic bomb and says its nuclear programme is for peaceful energy production and medical purposes only.

In May last year, President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from a landmark 2015 deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • meanginful
    Oct 10, 2019 - 4:02AM

    Why develop something that is “haram”? Why lie about the development of nuke technology? And why all the “destroy Israel stuff”? There is a reason that Iran has the lowest rank of all nations on every International poll. Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 10, 2019 - 10:28AM

    Hes right and I appreciate their stand of increasing their defences. its their basic right . Recommend

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