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Under the above heading, Gennady Petrov, in “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”, wrote about Tehran’s declaration that it will not produce a nuclear weapon but will not abandon the development of long-range ballistic missiles.
The article said: Lifting US sanctions on the Iranian economy is vital. Despite this, the country’s authorities will not make excessive concessions to the United States. This is how the statement of the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Commission, Ali Akbar Salehi, should be interpreted.
Salehi gave an interview to a channel PBS America, in which he clarified his country’s position on the issue of nuclear disarmament. In it, he recalled that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had put points on the letters on this issue a long time ago. In 2003, he issued a fatwa prohibiting the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons as contrary to Islam. On the doors of the upcoming talks with the United States, Salehi pointed out that long-range ballistic missiles in Iran, unlike nuclear weapons, do not have religious reasons that prevent them. Consequently, Joseph Biden should not demand the abandonment of this type of weapon.
In February, however, a statement by Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alawi caused an uproar in the United States, in which he said that his country, despite Ali Khamenei’s fatwa, could still seek to obtain nuclear weapons if the United States left no other option in its aggressive policy.
In this regard, the chief researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladimir Sajin, told “Nezavisimaya Gazeta”: “The trump cards are collected before negotiations with the Americans.” This explains the conflicting statements of Iranian officials. He added, “As for the negotiations between the United States and Iran, I think they will take place in one way or another.”
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