Potential Change in Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa? | ISIS Online

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by Lyle Bacaltos http://www.isis-online.org/

An official Iranian statement released on August 9, 2005 at a meeting with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claimed that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa forbidding the production, stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons. Recent news reports have raised the question whether the fatwa has changed. Based on research on news stories and commentary by Iranian officials from the past few months, there is no publicly available evidence that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has changed the nuclear fatwa.

The fact that he fatwa is being used in negotiations as a justification for Iran’s continued enrichment suggests that it remains in place for now. Only time will tell if the religious declaration is binding in any meaningful way or a truthful statement about the Supreme Leader’s intentions.

See the full report here: Potential Change in Iran’s Nuclear Fatwa?


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