Iran denies violation of chemical weapons convention despite USA claims

Iran strongly rejects US chemical warfare accusations

Iran strongly rejects US chemical warfare accusations

Iran denied on Friday it had violated an worldwide convention by not fully declaring its chemical weapons capabilities to the United Nations, describing a US allegation to that effect as groundless, state TV reported.

Qassemi referred to the U.S. as the only OPCW member state with chemical weapons arsenals which he said had so far failed to fulfill its commitment to destroy them.

"At the same time, the United States backs the Zionist regime's chemical weapons program and makes such wrong and false accusations because of its hostility towards the Iranian nation", Qassemi said. They were found after the death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Citing the alleged discovery of Iranian-made chemical artillery rounds, mortars and aerial bombs among arms transferred to Libya in the 1980s, Ward accused Iran of failing to declare these weapons.

Finally, Iran had failed to declare riot control agents despite having marketed them at defence expos, he added.

At the time, repeated uses of chemical weapons by Saddam against Iranian troops and civilians were met with the deafening silence of the West.

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Like Syria before (and Russia), first comes the "outraged!" human rights violations rhetoric, then come crippling sanctions and worldwide "pariah status", and for the final push comes unfounded chemical attack claims, a charge now being formally prepped and set in motion against Tehran by the West.

Earlier, Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said Damascus was concerned by the delays in the elimination of the US's vast chemical weapons arsenal.

Iran is one of the few countries that has been attacked with chemical weapons since the end of World War I in 1918.

Israel, which signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1993 but has yet to ratify the document, has neither confirmed nor denied possessing weapons of mass destruction.

There was no immediate reaction from Iran to Ward's remarks, which add to tensions with Washington over Iran's nuclear program, terrorism, and the war in Syria.

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