LONDON, 20 Feb. (IPS) As the Islamic Republic continue to insist that it has no nuclear-based military programmes and repeats that the use of such weapons are banned by Islam, an Iranian internet newspaper revealed Monday that some hard line clerics have refuted the claim, saying that nuclear arms can be used “as a mean of retaliation”.
The revelation, by the Europe-based “Rooz” (Day) was made as Iran’s double headed negotiations with the Russians in Moscow and the Europeans in Brussels hit another dead-end, basically due to Tehran’s instance to continue its nuclear activities, mostly the controversial enriching uranium.
when the whole world is equipped with nuclear weapons, one can use it to retaliate and there is no religious constraint.
In Brussels, where Mr. Manouchehr Mottaki, the Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister had met with European officials, Mr. Xavier Solana, the Spanish Foreign and Security Affairs minister said the Iranians “had nothing new to present”.
In Moscow, Russian officials said the two delegations had agreed to continue negotiations concerning the Russian proposal to enrich uranium for Iran in Russia.
Informed sources told Iran Press Service that part of the new diplomatic fiasco was due to “great confusion” that characterizes the situation in Iran’s higher decision-making echelon.
“There is a terrible war going on there. (Javad) Va’idi, until now the second in command of the nuclear talks after Ali Larijani had been abruptly removed from the Moscow negotiations, replaced by Mr. Ali Hoseynitash, the Head of the Supreme Council for Nations Security’s Strategic Affairs while sharp differences on the running of the whole issue is opposing Mr. Larijani to the President, Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad, accused by the so-called pragmatists” to have placed Iran in a very serious situation”, the source said.
The “pragmatists”, led by Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani also reproaches the fundamentalist President of having replaced the old, experienced negotiators with a bunch of people who, like Mr. Va’idi, not only do nothing about nuclear industry, but also lack of basic diplomatic skills.
“Based on their interpretation of Islamic law, Iranian hardline religious leaders have licensed the use of nuclear weapon. For the very first time, Mohsen Gharavian, a student of Qom’s fundamentalist cleric (Ayatollah Mohammd Taqi) Mesbah Yazdi has spoken about the necessity of using nuclear weapons as a means to retaliate and announced that based on religious law, everything depends on our purpose”, Mr. Shahram Rafizadeh wrote in Rooz.
“The ultra-hardline Gharavian claims that when the whole world is equipped with nuclear weapons, one can use it to retaliate and there is no religious constraint”, the journalist said, quoting Mr. Gharavian.
“Known for his strong support for the conservative government, Gharavian has claimed that military use of nuclear weapons is also acceptable”, the paper added.
So far, there had been no words from the officials on Mr. Ghjaravian’s assertions.
Islam and our leader have banned the use of nuclear weapons, Iranian officials insists
Clerics in the Iran had till today repeatedly stressed that using nuclear weapons was against Islamic laws. They have remained silent on what Gharavian claims.
“His words are the first official comments coming from the supporters and circle of radical cleric Mesbah Yazdi. No other cleric has had the heart to claim that Islamic principles allow the use of nuclear weapons. Still, it seems that government radical circles have embarked on fresh efforts to prepare the grounds to turn Iran's controversial nuclear program issue into a religious issue”, Mr. Rafizadeh said.
“Since six months ago when the new hardline government of Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad came to power, his radical and astonishingly strange proposals have made the world forget about (Ossama) Bin Laden. Efforts of former president (Mohammad) Khatami to build trust with the world and his strategy of easing tensions with the international community during his eight years in office have been destroyed by Mr. Ahmadi Nezhad's frightening comments whose photographs have now also replaced those of Bin Laden's in the western media”, “Rooz” added, referring to the new president’s “wiping Israeli off the world’s map” or his anti-Semitic out bursts such as questioning the authenticity of the Holocaust. ENDS IRAN NUKE ARMS 20206