Iran against use of chemical weapons in any conflict: Zarif

(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that opposition against use of chemical weapons is part of Iran’s principled policies.

Zarif made the remarks in a meeting with Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Üzümcü.

Zarif said Iran is one of the victims of chemical weapons used against Islamic Republic during Saddam regime’s eight years of imposed war.

He expressed regret for use of chemical weapons by Daesh against the Syrian government, adding that Iran has always stressed that no group has the right to use chemical weapons in the armed conflicts.

The minister pointed to reports on use of chemical weapons in the Khan Sheikhoun region of Syria and called for international investigation of the case.

Iran is ready to help the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in case of Khan Sheikhoun issue, he noted.

During the meeting, Üzümcü for his part referred to Iran support of the OPCW and the long standing cooperation between Iran and this international organization and thanked Islamic Republic for its preparedness to help investigation of Khan Sheikhoun issue.

He pointed to the 30th Anniversary of Sardasht Chemical Attack and said that as director of OPCW, he has always released statements on the occasion.

The OPCW is investigating the use of chemical weapons in the Khan Sheikhoun region, Üzümcü added.



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