The speaker of the Iranian parliament has ruled out Iran possessing nuclear weapons on religious grounds, the first time Islam has been invoked in the nuclear row.
He told Euronews: “Iran is a country that is governed according to religious values. The leader of the Supreme Council issued a fatwa, a religious decree that says having access to weapons of mass destruction is haram, or forbidden. Not only just nuclear, but also chemical and biological weapons.” By inference, Iran is saying anyone posessing WMDs is damned and will go to hell. The full interview is broadcast on Euronews from Friday.