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Iran opposes use of chemical weapons in any form: Zarif

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Islamic Republic, as per its core principles, opposes the use of chemical weapons in any form and by any group.

According to Press TV, in a meeting with Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Üzümcü in Tehran on Sunday, Zarif added that Iran was itself a victim of chemical weapons by executed Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during the Iraqi imposed war.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized that no group has the right to use chemical weapons in armed conflicts,” Iran’s top diplomat said, adding, “However, the Daesh terrorist group has used chemical weapons in its war against the Syrian government.”

Zarif expressed Iran’s readiness to cooperate with the OPCW’s investigation into a chemical attack in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib in April.

Üzümcü, for his part, said Iran and the OPCW had a long history of cooperation and hailed Tehran’s readiness to help the organization probe the deadly chemical attack in Syria.

He pointed to the 30th anniversary of a deadly chemical attack by Saddam on the Iranian city of Sardasht and said the OPCW issued a statement on the anniversary of the event each year.