In his address to the U.N. General Assembly (September 24, 2013), U.S. President Barack Obama stated: "The Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons." In fact, such a fatwa was never issued by Supreme Leader Khamenei and does not exist; neither the Iranian regime nor anybody else can present it.
The deception regarding "Khamenei's fatwa" has been promoted by the Iranian regime and its spokesmen for several years. Each time it was mentioned, the "fatwa" was given a different year of issue – for example, 2005, 2007, or 2012 – but the text of the "fatwa" was never presented.
MEMRI has conducted in-depth research with regard to this "fatwa" and has published reports demonstrating that it is a fiction. See MEMRI reports:
- Renewed Iran-West Nuclear Talks – Part II:
Tehran Attempts to Deceive U.S. President Obama, Sec'y of State Clinton With
Nonexistent Anti-Nuclear Weapons Fatwa By Supreme Leader Khamenei
- Release Of Compilation Of Newest Fatwas By
Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei – Without Alleged Fatwa About Nuclear Bomb http://www.memri.org/report/
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