Iran FM: Nuclear weapons contrast with our religious beliefs and policies

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had a phone conversation during which they discussed international developments.

  • Iranian FM Amir-Abdollahian

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday that nuclear weapons have no place in the Islamic Republic’s doctrine and contrast with the country’s religious beliefs and policies.

In a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Amir-Abdollahian discussed developments on the international scene, including the recent Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip, the Iranian nuclear deal and the sanctions against Tehran.

Responding to Guterres’ call for an agreement in Vienna, Amir-Abdollahian referred to the recent fatwa (Islamic decree) issued by Iranian leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei which prohibits Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

In this regard, Amir-Abdollahian said that nuclear weapons have no place in Iranian doctrine and contrast with the country’s religious beliefs and policies.

The international nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) is the result of a balance; however, some countries have a selective approach towards it, he added.

Iran believes that some of the aspects of the NPT, which have not been implemented, such as nuclear disarmament and a nuclear-weapon-free Middle East, should be addressed, Amir-Abdollahian added, noting that Iran, as the country behind the idea of ​​a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, declares its readiness to cooperate constructively in this regard.

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On the Vienna talks, he said Iran wants to reach a lasting agreement, mentioning that the talks are proceeding with seriousness, but their outcome depends on whether the United States is genuinely willing to reach an agreement.

Amir-Abdollahian also noted Iran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and advised the agency to stay away from unconstructive political issues and fully resolve issues through a technical path.

For his part, the UN chief said the JCPOA relaunch talks are of utmost importance, stressing the need for the parties to be more flexible with the aim of successful talks.

Guterres also stressed the importance of nuclear disarmament to avert horrific incidents like the US bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 that killed up to 226,000 people.

Guterres and Amir-Abdollahian both expressed concern over Israeli aggression against Gaza and called for an end to Israeli killings there.

They also discussed Yemen and the two-month ceasefire which has been extended until August 2, and António Guterres thanked Iran’s efforts to help extend the truce.

Ruth R. Culp