The chairman of Iran’s Expediency Council says not only is the Islamic Republic opposed to atomic weapons, but it also seeks the annihilation of all weapons of mass destruction in the world.
According to Press TV, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said on Sunday “We explicitly announce that we are not only against the production and use of nuclear arms, but based on the fatwa of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei we consider it a sin.”
Rafsanjani made the comments in a meeting with Masahiko Komura, the special envoy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Iran.
The Iranian official added “Furthermore, we seek the destruction of weapons of mass destruction in the world.”
Referring to Tehran’s nuclear talks with the world powers, Rafsanjani said if the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) refrained from making up excuses, the Iranian nation and administration are ready to reciprocate confidence-building measures and conduct “real negotiations without preconditions.”
Rafsanjani said “The Islamic Republic of Iran has always acted within the regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and will continue to do so.”