Tehran: Nuclear weapons are forbidden by Islam hence Iran will not pursue them, said Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. He told this while delivering a speech on Wednesday.\n\n\n\nTrying to ease fears that Iran could secretly be researching nuclear weapons, Khamenei told a group of academics and high-level scientists, "Although we have always had the ability to tread this path, we declared it haram [forbidden by religion] according to the verdict of the beloved Islam, and therefore there is no reason for us to expend our resources on developing and stockpiling a weapon that is absolutely prohibited [by Islam] to use."\n\n\n\nHailing Iranian achievements in medical science, engineering, nanotechnology and peaceful nuclear energy, Khamenei said: "We want science but we don't want our universities to be a reproduction of some U.S. university".\n\n\n\nUPI quoted Khamenei as saying, "We live in a different situation than others." He added, "We need to think Iranian, act Iranian and live Iranian and this trend can be accelerated by adopting the Islamic-Iranian Blueprint for Progress."\n\n\n\nKhamenei had told last week that Tehran will continue abandoning commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal as long as the United States keeps hitting Iran with sanctions.