Iran has no intention of building nuclear weapons: Khamenei

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 14:50 hrs

Tehran, Feb 16 (AINS) Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Saturday said the Islamic republic does not intend to build nuclear weapons, reported Xinhua, citing Press TV.

Khamenei told a group of his visitors Saturday that Iran has "no intention to build nuclear weapons".

"We believe that nuclear weapons must be obliterated, and we do not intend to make nuclear weapons, but if ... we had decided to possess nuclear weapons, no power could prevent us," he said.

Iran and the West are locked in a bitter dispute over the former's nuclear activities, with the latter accusing Tehran of developing nuclear weapon under a civilian cover, a charge Iran has consistently denied.

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday urged Iran to make "real offers" and engage in a "real dialogue" in the upcoming nuclear talks with world powers, saying that is the only way to make progress.

Iran agreed recently to start fresh talks with the so-called P5+ 1 group -- Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany -- on Feb 26 in Kazakhstan.