Iranian defense minister: Nukes are against our religion

New Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi denied on Saturday that the Islamic republic was striving to acquire nuclear weapons, and said that construction of such weapons was against the principals of Islam, the AFP news agency reported. "We regard production of weapons of mass destruction as contrary to our religious, human and national principles," the Fars news agency quoted Vahidi as saying. "Manufacturing nuclear weapons is not, and has never been, on our agenda."