Iranian Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has confirmed that the nation intends to submit a written promise to the UN that their government will never attempt to acquire nuclear weapons.
Details were scant on the matter, but follow a religious fatwa from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei forbidding the acquisition of such a weapon as a binding matter for Iran’s Shi’ite majority.
The promise is hoped to placate Western nations that have been pressing for war against Iran for “seeking nuclear weapons,” even though Western intelligence agencies have repeatedly confirmed that they aren’t.
Indeed, that confirmation came again today by US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who testified to the Senate that Iran is not attempting to develop nuclear weapons and may never do so. Since this isn’t really “news” to officials privy to the intelligence, the real question is whether they can keep ignoring it with the pledge in the open.
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