'Tehran can, but won’t, produce nuclear weapons'

Iranian politician says the Islamic Republic would never choose the path of building nukes, despite having the technology to do so.

April 8, 2012 02:07
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A VIEW of the Bushehr power plant, 746 miles south

Iran nucler center 521. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Israel on Saturday night renewed its call for Tehran to stop enriching uranium after an Iranian politician on Friday confirmed that his country could produce nuclear weapons.

According to a statement published late Friday on the website of the Islamic Consultative Assembly [the Iranian Parliament], politician Gholamreza Mesbahi Moghaddam said that though Iran has the “science and technology to produce nuclear weapons, Iran would never choose this path.”

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Moghaddam added that atomic weapons were not on the Islamic Republic’s agenda and cited a 2005 fatwa by Ayatollah Khameini, who said that “producing nuclear weapons, stockpiling and using them are against Shari’a law.”

An Israeli diplomatic source in Jerusalem said in response, “Iran is trying to hide from the world the military aspects of its nuclear program. However, an Iranian official confirmed this today.

“Israel’s position is clear: Iran must stop enriching Uranium, it must get all the enriched material above 3.5 percent out if its territory and it must dismantle the underground facility in Qom,” the official said.

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