Iran asks US, Israel to join CWC

FNA – Iran called on the US and Israel to join and implement the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), stressing the need for disarmament of all countries from chemical arms.

“Despite implementation of the CWC, the danger of using chemical and toxic materials has not yet been obviated and the irresponsible performance of the terrorist groups in this area, including in Syria, showed that the medical science always needs to be enhanced and refined,” Director-General of the Iranian foreign ministry for International Peace and Security Reza Najafi said on Tuesday.

“Also, the Zionist regime and some other countries have not yet joined the CWC and the international community should end this situation,” he added.

Najafi underscored the need for Israel’s obedience to the international laws and the US full commitment to the CWC by annihilation of all its chemical weapons arsenals.

Iran has always stressed the urgent need to the dismantlement of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), including chemical weapons, as it has been a victim of such weapons.

Tens of thousands of Iranians were killed and wounded by chemical weapons during the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war on Iran. Around 100,000 Iranians are still living with the effects, which include long-term respiratory problems, eye and skin problems as well as immune system disorders, psychological disorders, genetic disorders, and probably cancers.

Sardasht is a city in Northwestern Iran. According to the 2006 census, its population was 37,000. It lies in the West Azarbaijan province. It was the first city in which civilians where attacked with chemical weapons by former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein during the imposed Iraqi war on Iran.

The population of Sardasht is Kurdish. Sardasht is also known for the many villages around it and their reliability on the city’s market.

On June 28, 1987, Iraqi aircraft dropped what Iranian authorities believed to be mustard gas bombs on Sardasht, in two separate bombing runs on four residential areas.

Sardasht was the first town in the world to be gassed. Out of a population of 20,000, 25% are still suffering severe illnesses from the attacks.