Zarif slams US ‘obscene, dangerous’ chemical warfare claims

TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif has denounced the US’ “obscene” and “dangerous” accusations that Tehran has failed to declare ‘a toxic arms program’ to the OPCW in breach of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

“US wants to resort to int'l conventions to make allegations against Iran when it's made a policy of violating them itself. WMD allegations—by a country that supported Iraq’s use of CW against Iran; then invaded Iraq to allegedly rid it of them—is not just obscene, it’s dangerous,” wrote Mohammad Javad Zarif in a tweet on Friday.

His tweet came a day after Washington accused Tehran of failing to declare a chemical weapons program to the global watchdog in breach of international agreements.

In a statement on Friday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry also denounced the allegations, saying that the US was trying to raise such accusations to divert the world’s attention away from its own violation of commitments and continued support for the Israeli chemical arsenals and terrorist groups.

The allegations come as many Iranians are still suffering from the effects of chemical weapons used by the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, during the US-backed war against Iran in the 1980s.

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