Iran may reverse fatwa banning nukes if Israel, US act dangerously: ex-official

Former Iranian diplomat says the Islamic legal opinion issued in 2003 ‘might be changed’ and Biden could be forced back into nuclear deal ‘with no preconditions’

An Iranian flag flutters at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant on November 10, 2019. (Atta Kenare/AFP)

A former Iranian diplomat has said that if Israel or the US take “dangerous” steps, the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may reverse the religious opinion that forbids the acquisition, development or use of nuclear weapons.

Speaking during a January interview with the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV, ex-Iranian diplomat Amir Mousavi said, “A fatwa is issued in accordance with developing circumstances. Therefore, I believe that if the Americans and Zionists act in a dangerous manner, the fatwa might be changed,” according to a translation published this week by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

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