Nov 8, 2010
Nuclear weapons 'anti-Islam'
IRAN'S Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has reiterated that that nuclear weapons are against Islam.
His stand was conveyed to Singapore's Foreign Minister George Yeo at a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Manouchehr Mottaki in Teheran on Sunday.
The bilateral meeting took place on the sidelines of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Ministerial Meeting, which Mr Yeo is attending.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Mr Yeo 'welcomed' the Ayatollah's statement, and also noted Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh's recent statement at an IAEA conference that developing nuclear weapons was against Iran's own national interest.
While the ministers agreed that there were sectors which they should develop for mutual benefit, Mr Yeo lamented that bilateral economic cooperation had been 'held back' by the nuclear issue.Mr Mottaki also expressed understanding that Singapore had to adhere to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions on trade with Iran, but both felt they should explore 'greater economic cooperation'.