The relevant part of Obama’s statement is from the beginning to 3:04, the specific statement being at 1:39 where he claims “the Supreme Leader” has issued a Fatwa against nuclear weapons. Notice also how he specifically calls Iran, “the Islamic Republic of Iran” as well, that’s new.
Via Daily Caller:
No documentary evidence backs up President Barack Obama’s claim that Iran’s theocratic rulers have issued a religious edict against the development of nuclear weapons, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors and translates news reports from Arab and Persian outlets.
The claim is an eight-year old hoax promoted since 2005 by Iran’s diplomats and by Turkey’s Islamist prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says MEMRI.
The Islamic “fatwa,” or religiously-justified law, “was never issued by [Iran’s] Supreme Leader [Ali] Khamenei and does not exist; neither the Iranian regime nor anybody else can present it,” MEMRI reported on Sunday.
Obama is expected to face media questions on Monday when he holds a meeting about Iran’s nuke programs with Israel’s prime minister Bibi Netanyahu.
Obama claimed on Friday that the fatwa does exist, and could lead to a deal with Iran to end its development of nuclear weapons.
“I do believe that there is a basis for a resolution [because] Iran’s Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons,” he told reporters from the White House’ press podium
Obama also made this claim in his speech before the UN:
Meanwhile, the Supreme Leader has issued a fatwa against the development of nuclear weapons, and President Rouhani has just recently reiterated that the Islamic Republic will never develop a nuclear weapon.
Another potential problematic element in the UN speech is this Obama comment, “We are not seeking regime change and we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy”. He seems to have accorded them a “right” not bargained for and not seen before in policy, perhaps creating daylight between us and the Israeli position of “zero uranium enrichment”.
Charles Krauthammer has sagely noted Rouhani as the new face of “moderation” is but a screen, that indeed we fell for this same type of spinning 30 years, from Rouhani at that time as well. The “new face” of moderation is the same “old face” of deception.
As we have previously noted, Rouhani has detailed at great length, the deception to keep the West talking, while the march goes forward for Iran’s nuclear program.
Meanwhile, we note again the report that Iran is two months away from having enriched uranium to be able to make a nuclear weapon.
The clock is ticking…