President Hassan Rouhani pledged Tuesday that Iran "will never seek a nuclear weapon, with or without the implementation" of the deal agreed with world powers in Vienna.
Rouhani said live on state television that such weapons were "against our religion" and contradicted a decree from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei barring the pursuit of an atomic bomb.
He reiterated the point later in his speech, promising regional countries suspicious of Iran's nuclear programme that it has never and will not "seek to pressure" its neighbours.
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