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WASHINGTON – Iranian sources are underscoring a fatwa, or religious edict, made by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declaring the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons to be “haram,” or prohibited in Islam, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
These sources add that it set the tone for what European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Aston had termed “constructive and useful” mid-April discussions between the United Nations Security Council members and Iran.
A followup meeting is scheduled for May 23 in Baghdad.
The UNSC members include the United States, France, Great Britain, Russia and China, plus Germany, often referred to as the P5+1 countries.
Iranian sources say that Khamenei’s fatwa is a signal of Iran’ eagerness to reach an accommodation before the prospect of a military attack by Israel, the United States or both.
Khamenei’s fatwa apparently was made as far back as 2005, although Iranians are pointing to it as assurance against Iranian intentions to produce nuclear weapons.
The fatwa has “introduced moral and religious aspects into nuclear restraint, which should be welcome by anyone who believes in responsible use of nuclear power,” according to Sujata Ashwarya Cheema of the National Islamic University in New Delhi.
As debate continues whether Iran, which already is under heavy sanctions, is on a path toward developing nuclear weapons from its nuclear program, increasingly intense negotiations between Iran and the West are under way.
Israel already has indicated that time is running out, and after the scheduled late May follow-up meeting in Baghdad, it could launch a military attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Even the Russians have directed the Iranians to come to a successful resolution of the nuclear standoff, and fast, to avoid what Moscow fears may be an Israeli attack by this summer.
There are separate reports that the U.S. has recently positioned stealth fighter aircraft near Iran in the event Israel strikes and will need U.S. help.
Analysts believe that Israel would not be able to such an attack alone against Iran due to distance and military capability.
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