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Iran Reiterates That It "Does Not Believe in Nuclear Weapons" After IAEA Report

After the IAEA released a report on Thursday “expressing concern that the Islamic Republic may be aiming to develop a nuclear-armed missile,” Supreme Iranian Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said publicly that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons.

For the first time, the IAEA said that Iran might be trying to turn enriched uranium into a nuclear warhead, and said that Iran was able to produce a “minute amount” of 20% enriched uranium days after starting with low-enriched uranium.

Khamenei said the claim was baseless, since “our religious beliefs bar us from using such weapons … we do not believe in atomic weapons and are not seeking that.” Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, said that the reports were based on fabricated data. Soltanieh also said that “the issue of the missile or explosives has nothing to do with the IAEA’s charter and function.”

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