Oct 09, 2019 13:49 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Oct 15, 2019 14:51 Asia/Tehran]

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution underscored that Iran never approached nukes because they’re haram or religiously forbidden.

Iran Press/Iran news: "Nuclear science is beneficial but since it’s not been coupled with a love for humanity, it led to nuclear disasters. Despite having the ability to develop nukes, we firmly and bravely avoided it, for building and keeping nukes, like using them, is haram," Ayatollah Khamenei noted during a meeting with a group of academic elites and top scientists on Wednesday morning. 

"Science, if not coupled with the upright intellectual approach, will become dangerous. That’s why we believe academic elites should seriously pursue ‘religion’ and ‘nationality’. We want science but we don’t want our universities to be a reproduction of some US universities," the Leader said.

"Iran’s intellectuals can play an important role in public diplomacy. Connecting with West Asia, World of Islam, even the world’s truth-seeking academics including those in Europe or America can lead to the promotion of pure and humane knowledge," Ayatollah Khamenei noted.

"The Islamic revolution has offered the world a 3rd option which is neither socialist nor liberal democracy. We should be able to attract hearts by our logical words and actions to this path beneficial to mankind and save nations from the infiltration of West’s decadent culture," the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei described the results of "comparing the scientific advances of universities in the last forty years with the pre-revolutionary era" as astonishing and added: "This great move is, of course, at the beginning of its path, but it will reach the climax, by God’s grace and thanks to the efforts of the elites and youth. This is the perspective that should be adopted by young Iranians."

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