The June 17 news article “Kerry hints at possible compromise in Iran nuclear talks” claimed that in 2003 a fatwa, or religious decree, was “issued by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that, according to some interpretations, banned the production and use of nuclear weapons as a sin under Islam.” However, as the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and others have noted, there is no written proof that such a religious edict exists.

A 2011 report by Shiite theologian Mehdi Khalaji and Michael Eisenstadt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy noted that religious edicts in the Islamic Republic are “grounded not in Islamic law but rather in the regime’s doctrine of expediency, as interpreted by the Supreme Leader . . . if the Islamic Republic’s leaders believe that developing, stockpiling, or using nuclear weapons is in its interests, then religious considerations will not constrain these actions.”

In fact, The Post’s Fact Checker column cited this report and explored the issue of a “nuclear fatwa” in a Nov. 27, 2013, blog post. The Fact Checker cautioned, “U.S. officials should be careful about saying the fatwa prohibits the development of nuclear weapons, as that is not especially clear anymore.” Was the Fact Checker’s advice meant for U.S. officials and not The Post’s journalists? If Khamenei indeed issued a fatwa against creating, stockpiling and using nuclear weapons, The Post should translate it and print it as a sidebar to its next article on the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the United States and other participating countries.

Sean Durns, Rockville

The writer is media assistant for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America.