Iraq Accuses Iran of Having Access to Weapons of Mass Destruction
Iran on Monday categorically condemned an Iraqi diplomat's “baseless accusation” that Tehran has access to nuclear, biological and chemical (NBC) weapons of mass destruction, reported the official Iranian news agency (IRNA).
Iran's envoy to the UN, Mohammad Ziaifar, in a letter addressed to the Security Council chief, said that the deputy Iraqi Foreign Minister Riadh Al Qeysi's “words resemble a bitter historic irony, since,” he said, “his country has constantly been in pursuit of manufacturing such weapons while Iran has been a victim of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction.”
Al Qeysi last Thursday harshly criticized the Security Council for renewing the UN sanctions against his country and suggested that they stop the process of Iran's "ceaseless efforts" aimed at mass production of weapons of mass destruction.
“Iraq's disastrous use of chemical bombs against its own nation in Halabja and against Iranian troops across the western borders of Iran with that country for some eight years, too, will never be forgotten,” the letter said.
“Such moves were against the 1925 Geneva Protocol and were condemned by the Security Council,” said the letter, adding that “the heartbreaking photographs of the victims of Iraq's atrocious act in Halabja will never be cleared from the memory of mankind.” – Albawaba.com
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