Former Iranian Parliament member Ali Motahhari said in an April 24 interview on the Islamic Republic’s ISCA News that when Iran began developing its nuclear program, the goal was to build a nuclear bomb.

According to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the bomb would have been used as a “means of intimidation” in accordance with a Koranic verse about striking “fear in the hearts of the enemies of Allah,” said Motahhari.

He noted the nuclear bomb program would have been “a done deal” if Iran had kept it a secret until a nuclear test was conducted, as Pakistan did.

Motahhari added that in such a case, Iran would have been “taken into consideration” by the world even more than it is today.

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