Iranian Judiciary chief criticizes US for double standards on WMDs

Iran’s Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani has criticized the US for its double standards regarding weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

He said the US is the only country to have used nuclear weapons and yet it accuses other states of producing nuclear and chemical arms.

He further underlined that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons because of its ideological principles.

“The Islamic Republic does not seek nuclear weapons, not because of the US’ threats or claims, but because we have religious standards in our defense and military affairs,” said the Iranian Judiciary chief.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran has categorically rejected the allegation, stressing that as a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Commenting on Syria, Amoli Larijani said Washington’s backing off from military action on the Arab country was due to the steadfastness of the resistance front.

He slammed Washington’s double standards and said the world was once again witness to the contradictions between the US’ words and deeds.

“The Americans threatened Syria with a [military] attack under the pretext that [Damascus used] nuclear arms while they themselves have the largest nuclear and chemical arsenals,” said Larijani.

The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21.

Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.

This comes as Syria has agreed to a deal reached by Moscow and Washington on September 14 to place its chemical weapons stockpile under international supervision.

By Press TV


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