Middle East

Iran's supreme leader calls nuclear weapons use a 'big sin'

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa barring online chatting between strangers of the opposite sexes.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a fatwa barring online chatting between strangers of the opposite sexes.  (2011 AP )

Iran's Supreme Leader says his country has never pursued nuclear weapons but it will not abandon its controversial nuclear program.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke Thursday at a summit of the 120-member Nonaligned Movement. Iran says the gathering in Tehran shows that Western sanctions have not resulted in Iran's diplomat isolation.

The West suspects Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters in Iran, says the country considers the use of nuclear weapons to be "a big and unforgiveable sin."