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Iranian journalist: Khamenei’s fatwa against nuclear weapons ‘can be reexamined’



The only person who ever believed in Khamenei’s anti-nuke fatwa was John Kerry.

“Iranian Journalist Mohammad Gharavi: Khamenei’s Fatwa Banning Nuclear Weapons Is Open For Interpretation, Nothing Is Constant,” MEMRI, August 20, 2022:

In an August 20, 2022 show on NBN TV (Lebanon), Iranian journalist Mohammad Gharavi spoke about pursuing nuclear weapons, and he said that some regime officials have begun advocating for the development of a nuclear bomb.

Mohammad Gharavi: “The nuclear agreement was a win-win deal for Iran and America. Now it has become a winning agreement only for Iran. If there is an agreement, fine. If there isn’t an agreement, also fine — we will [enrich uranium] to 60% and more. Furthermore, we have begun hearing people in Iran speaking loudly — I am talking about people in the corridors of the Iranian regime… They say: Let’s just go for a nuclear bomb and be over with this story altogether…”

Interviewer: “Really? But you have a religious prohibition in this regard…”

Gharavi: “This prohibition is subject to interpretation…”

Interviewer: “Really?”

Gharavi: “It is subject to ijtihad [a jurisprudent’s interpretation] and can be reexamined. This prohibition is subject to temporal circumstances and customs.”

Interviewer: “I see. So nothing is constant in this regard.”

Gharavi: “Nothing is, of course.”

Interviewer: “This message may resonate loudly…”

Gharavi: “We Shi’ites are known for our ijtihad…”

Interviewer: “The gates of ijtihad are wide open with you people…”

Gharavi: “Our leader [Khamenei], may Allah grant him a long life, has had this ijtihad that a [nuclear] bomb is prohibited, but maybe in 120 years — may Allah grant him a long life — it will become permissible, when another [Leader] will take over and he will have a different ijtihad.”

Interviewer: “So this is subject to timing and circumstances?”

Gharavi: “Of course.”

Interviewer: “So everything is open, like you say…”

Gharavi: “Of course.”

Interviewer: “My conclusion is that you cannot rely on such [a fatwa]…”

Gharavi: “It’s not that you can’t. You shouldn’t. You can rely on it, if the Americans act with honesty.”