John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Voice of America that he has high regard for the Fatwa (religious decree) regarding nuclear issues put forth by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

In an interview on VOA, Kerry said: “I show a lot of respect for this fatwa as it is a religious message and is highly respected by people.”

He stressed that he and the U.S. president welcome such a fatwa but he added that the fatwa now needs to be framed in legal terms.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a fatwa that the production and use of weapons of mass destruction are haram (forbidden in religious terms).

Kerry said Iran is entitled to a peaceful nuclear program but added that the program must be transparent and operate under international regulations.