Iran may promise U.N. that it will not seek bomb

A semi-official Iranian news agency said on Tuesday that Iran is planning to submit a written promise to the United Nations that it will not seek nuclear weapons.

The semi-official Mehr news agency quoted Vice President Reza Rahimi in the report that Iran would issue the promise to never go after nuclear bombs. Rahimi did not say when the promise would be issued, Associated Press reports.

Rahimi said that the sanctions issued by Western countries are meant to thwart Iran's scientific progress. Multiple rounds of sanctions directed at Iran's nuclear program have had a significant impact on the country's economy.

Iran previously denied Western suspicions that the country is pursuing nuclear weapons under the cover of its nuclear energy construction.

In 2005, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's top leader, issued a religious edict to ban the storage, production and use of nuclear weapons.

On Tuesday, Israeli President Shimon Peres called Iran's regime the most significant danger to peace in the world during a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Peres said the Iranian regime threatens the existence of Israel, smuggles weapons into other countries to destabilize them and denies the Holocaust while calling for another one.

"Nobody threatens Iran," Peres said, according to Associated Press. "Iran threatens others."

Peres said the world should seek to stop Iran's production of highly enriched uranium and work to control the country's production of missiles, Associated Press reports.