Thursday, August 30, 2012
Khamenei repeats: 'Iran is not after nuclear weapons'
Ayatollah Khamenei during his speech at the opening of the summit of the Non Aligned Movement in Tehran. (Xinhua).
has no interest in nuclear weapons but will keep pursuing peaceful nuclear energy, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit opened in Tehran on Thursday.
Khamenei said that "The Islamic republic is not after nuclear weapons" and will never slacken off its right to the "peaceful" use of nuclear energy, adding that Iran's slogan is "Nuclear energy for all, nuclear weapons for none."
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, attending the Tehran summit, urged Khamenei late on Wednesday to take concrete steps to prove Iran's nuclear work is peaceful.
It was not the first time ayatollah Khamenei said that Iran will not try to obtain a nuclear bomb. He said on several occasions that having a nuclear bomb is a sin according to islamic jurisprudence.