Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) meets with Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders (L) in Tehran on February 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ATTA KENARE
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Iran's president said the Islamic Republic has decided not to develop nuclear weapons out of principle, not only because it is prevented so by treaties.Hassan Rouhani told Defense Ministry officials Saturday that, if Iran wanted weapons of mass destruction, it would be easier for it to make chemical or biological weapons.Rouhani was reiterating a police set by Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who issued a religious decree banning the production and use of nuclear weapons. Iran is a signatory to the NPT and says it will remain committed to its obligations not to build nuclear weapons under the treaty but will not compromise on its right to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel.The U.S. and its allies fear that Iran seeks to develop the ability to make a nuclear weapon, should it want one.
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