The elimination of weapons of mass destruction from international arsenals is a \"sacred goal\" of the Iranian government, the president said. Delegates from the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China -- along with Germany, met Wednesday in Baghdad with Iranian officials to discuss concerns about Iran\'s nuclear program. Iran is suspected of working on the technology needed to manufacture a nuclear weapon, an allegation the government denies. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said from Tehran that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei issued a religious edict in February explicitly forbidding weapons of mass destruction. \"Iran believes that the annihilation of all weapons of mass destruction is a sacred goal and that the security and health of humans depend on it,\" the president was quoted by state-funded broadcaster Press TV as saying. Talib Mahdi, a member of the Iranian delegation in Baghdad, told China\'s official Xinhua news agency that Tehran wasn\'t offered any deal to cut back on uranium enrichment in exchange for a reduction in sanctions. \"Such proposal could be accepted by Iran because it would be a clear international recognition that Iran has the right to obtain nuclear energy,\" he was quoted as saying.