Iran Welcomes Syria's Accession to CWC

Foreign Ministry expresses concern over other countries' refusal to join the convention on chemical weapons

Iran on Sunday welcomed Syria’s accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) but urged the international community to exert pressure on the Zionist entity to join the international convention.

 

Speaking on Sunday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said Iran welcomed the Syrian move.

 

She voiced concern however about Israel’s refusal to join international conventions which prohibit Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs), including the CWC.

 

Several countries, including China, Britain, France, Germany, Austria and Algeria, have welcomed the Russia-U.S. agreement on the chemical weapons in Syria, considering it as means to bolster the chances for finding a political solution to the crisis.

 

The Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described the Russian initiative and Syrian decision on chemical weapons as "wise," adding that the language used by U.S. officials is "outdated".

 

Zarif told al-Mayadeen television that America has no right to use threats and violence when addressing other countries, adding that Iran welcomes any effort to stop violence in the region and clear it of WMDs.

 

Translated and edited by The Syrian Observer

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