Zarif says Iran sees no benefit in nuclear weapons


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic has no interest in developing nuclear weapons.

“We don’t see any benefit in Iran developing a nuclear weapon,” Zarif said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” from Vienna, where nuclear talks are taking place.

I will commit to everything and anything that would provide credible assurances for the international community that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, because we are not.

He went on to say that nuclear weapons would not empower Iran, but reduce its influence in the region.

The Iranian foreign minister stated that having nukes does not “help anybody.”

The politics of geography — the fact that we’re bigger, the fact that we’re stronger, that we’re more populous, the fact that we have a better technology, the fact that our human resources are by far more developed than most of our neighbors — all of these provide us with inherent areas of strength that we don’t need to augment with other capabilities.

He said nuclear weapons “or no amount of military power makes you safe,” adding, “So we need to live in a different paradigm. And that’s what we are calling for.”

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China – plus Germany have been discussing ways to sort out differences and achieve a final deal that would end the decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.


Emad Askarieh has worked as a journalist since 2002. The main focus of his work is foreign policy and world diplomacy. He started his career at Iran Front Page Media Group, and is currently serving as the World Editor and the Vice-President for Executive Affairs at the Iran Front Page (IFP) news website.


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