Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on Washington to destroy its chemical arsenal, saying the only way toward a world without weapons of mass destruction would be to “completely destroy the chemical weapons arsenal of the US as the only owner of such weapons in the world.”

In a written address cited by Mehr News dedicated to the commemoration of the 1987 chemical attack on Sardasht, which occurred during the Iran-Iraq War and killed over 1,000 people and left 8,000 more seriously injured, Zarif reiterated that “Iran, once more, emphasises its principal policy of condemning the use of chemical weapons anywhere, anytime and under any circumstances.”

The US, the foreign minister alleged, was “addicted to using inhumane tools of economic sanctions and terrorism” against Iran, with the restrictions imposed by Washington said to have made providing the Sardasht attack’s victims with medication significantly more difficult.

Zarif also blasted many countries’ “intentional negligence and ignorance” in the face of US actions, saying such behaviour was “deeply regrettable” and similar to “their silence thirty-one years ago toward the savage attack of the Ba’ath dictator [Saddam Hussein], backed by the US, against the defenceless civilians in Sardasht.”

Iran suffered up to 100,000 civilian and military casualties at the hands of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-1988, and was one of the first countries to sign and ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in the 1990s. Iran did not retaliate in kind to the estimated 350+ large-scale gas attacks by Iraqi forces despite having the legal right to do so under existing treaties. The country reported the complete elimination of its chemical weapons stocks at the moment it ratified the CWC in 1997.

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Last year, Washington accused Tehran of maintaining a secret chemical weapons programme in a breach of its commitments under the CWC. Iran flatly denied the claims, and recalled the existence of the US’s own arsenal, as well suspicions that Israel, which signed by never ratified the CWC, may also have access to such weapons.

With an estimated 2,500 tonnes of various chemical agents in its possession, the United States is thought to have the largest declared chemical weapons stockpile in the world. In 2017, Russia, the other country to amass a major stockpile during the Cold War, destroyed the last of its once vast arsenal under the supervision  of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

As of 2019, the only other country in the world believed to have chemical weapons North Korea, which has not signed on to or ratified the CWC.

 

Source: Sputnik

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+++ “intentional negligence and ignorance” => Amusing to read this since the negligence of his government ends with the most dangerous roads on Earth : 30,000 dead a year! Thanks to incompetence and mismanagements, Mr. Zarif, your roads kill more within 3 years than 71 years of Israel. Our population is 87% of Iran, roads kill only about 2,000… +++ “their silence thirty-one years ago toward the savage attack of the Ba’ath dictator [Saddam Hussein], backed by the US => US Arms sales to Iran : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Contra_affair#Arms_sales_to_Iran Israel arms sales to Iran : https://www.wrmea.org/1986-november/israeli-arms-sales-to-iran.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel%27s_role_in_the_Iran%E2%80%93Iraq_war#Arms_supply iran said to get large-scale… Read more »

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According to some reports, Iran may have used still other chemical agents during the Iran-Iraq war. In April 1988, a U.N. medical specialist examined several dozen Iraqi soldiers and concluded that they could all have been exposed to mustard gas. In addition, the specialist observed symptoms in a number of patients that indicated possible exposure to “an acetylcholine esterase-inhibiting chemical in small concentrations,” which could suggest the use of a nerve agent.

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A 1990 DIA study also reported the allegation that Iran used sulfur mustard in some attacks, and concluded that Iran had either purchased the sulfur mustard or produced it on its own. The report added that a “U.N. team that examined Iraqi casualties from Iranian chemical attacks found that some of them displayed the effects of exposure to a choking agent believed to have been phosgene.” Despite these findings, Iran has yet to acknowledge that it used chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war.

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In March 1988, the Kurdish town of Halabja in northern Iraq, sandwiched between Iranian and Iraqi forces, was caught in chemical weapon crossfire that left thousands of civilians dead. A 1990 reconstruction of the Halabja incident reportedly concluded that both Iran and Iraq used chemical weapons in Halabja. Iran allegedly attacked the town with cyanide gas bombs and artillery, and Iraqi forces allegedly used a mixture of mustard gas and nerve agents. In total, the study estimated that Iranian forces used more than 50 chemical bombs and artillery shells during the offensive. The analysis of the Halabja incident is corroborated… Read more »