By Jeremy Herb - 04/13/12 04:37 PM EDT
“We have strongly marked our opposition to weapons of mass destruction on many occasions,” Salehi wrote. “Almost seven years ago, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a binding commitment. He issued a religious edict — a fatwa — forbidding the production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons.”
Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, and that it’s producing 20 percent enriched uranium — a step below weapons grade — in order to produce medical isotopes.
Talks between the P5+1 group and Iran are to resume Friday in Istanbul for the first time in more than a year, after the last round failed.
The Obama administration has said it wants to find a diplomatic solution to Iran’s nuclear program, but that it is not ruling out any options, including military ones.