The guy who sits in the Secretary of State’s chair, John Kerry, said [emphasis added],
Now I want to be very clear. Nothing in our deliberations is decided until everything is decided. And the purpose of these negotiations is not just to get any deal; it is to get the right deal. President Obama means it when he says, again and again, that Iran will not be permitted to get a nuclear weapon. As you all know, Iran says it doesn’t want a nuclear weapon, and that is a very welcome statement that the Supreme Leader has, in fact, incorporated into a fatwa. And we have great respect—great respect—for the religious importance of a fatwa. And what we are effectively trying to do is translate that into legal language, into everyday language within the framework of a negotiated agreement that everybody can understand, which requires everybody to have certain obligations and ultimately be able to guarantee that Iran’s program, its nuclear program, will be peaceful now and peaceful forever.
But [emphasis and links in the original]:
The Obama administration…exhibits cloying reverence for a fatwa—a sharia law edict—issued by a jurist who runs a regime that is the world’s leading state sponsor of jihadist terror.
Even when the fatwa is a patent hoax.
The invaluable Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has done extensive research into compilations of Khamenei’s published fatwas. (See here and here, and citations therein.) No such fatwa has ever been published.
[D]espite repeated requests, Iran has never produced the purported anti-nuclear weapons fatwa from Khamenei.
And (via the PJ Media above)
Indeed, as MEMRI elaborates, Khamenei was directly asked about the purported fatwa in a 2012 Facebook exchange:
[I]s it also forbidden to obtain nuclear weapons, as per your ruling that their use is prohibited?
He refused to answer the question:
Your question has no jurisprudential aspect. When it has a jurisprudent [sic] position, then it will be possible to answer it.
Motorboat skippers and community organizers are so easily bamboozled.