Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, but that no power could stop Tehran's access to an atomic bomb if it intended to build it, although Tehran backs the elimination of nuclear weapons. He said this to a group of Iranians Friday in a statement appearing on his website. DEBKAfile: His message is that Iran has procured all the necessary components for a bomb but will not take dictation from outsiders on when it build it.
Khamenei has been circulating a fatwa banning nuclear weapons to support Tehran’s claim that its nuclear program is purely peaceful.