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April 3, 2014 12:36 pm

Kerry Praises Non-Existant Iranian ‘Fatwa’ Against Nuclear Weapons, Watchdog Says

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The Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor in Iran. Photo: Nanking2012 / WikiCommons.

The Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor in Iran. Photo: Nanking2012 / WikiCommons.

JNS.orgThe Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry praised a nonexistent fatwa by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on banning nuclear weapons.

In a recent interview with Voice of America, Kerry said, “I show a lot of respect for this fatwa as it is a religious message and is highly respected by people.” According to MEMRI, however, the fatwa “has never been seen” and “in fact does not exist.”

Kerry has called on the Iranian government to put the purported fatwa “into a legally binding, globally recognized, international understanding” form. But in statements documented by MEMRI, the Iranian leadership’s official position is for such a fatwa to remain religious law, which for Iran supersedes international law.

“This historic fatwa can be treated as a legitimate document, with validity equal to the validity of the text of international treaties,” Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Director Ali Akbar Salehi said in February.

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