Iranian Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued a fatwa barring the nation from the production of nuclear weapons, making it not only illegal under secular law but also religiously banned.
Foreign Ministry officials say that the West needs to understand the broad significance of a fatwa in the religiously dominated society, saying it ought to effectively end the question of Iran ever producing atomic weapons.
“There is nothing higher than the exalted supreme leader’s fatwa to define the framework of our activities,” noted foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast, adding that the fatwa was absolutely “binding” on all Iranians.
Though Western officials have no real evidence to back up their suspicions, they have repeatedly claimed they are convinced Iran’s civilian nuclear program, which is legal under the terms of its IAEA safeguards agreement, is potentially aimed at gaining the capability of producing a nuclear weapon. Iran has denied this, and the additional step of making the production of nuclear arms a mortal sin is going to make the allegations even more difficult to continue to justify.