Iran Says US and Israel Blocking Elimination of Chemical Weapons Worldwide

Zahra Ershadi, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations expressed concern about the possession of chemical weapons by the United States and Israel, describing them as the main obstacles to the total elimination of such arms across the world.

Ershadi made the remarks at the Security Council briefing on the situation in the Middle East (Syria – Chemical), reiterating his country’s “long-standing and principled position in strongly condemning the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere and under any circumstances.”

“Elimination of all chemical weapons worldwide was the prime objective of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and that this goal could be realized only through the treaty’s full, balanced, effective and non-discriminatory implementation, as well as its universality,” Ershadi added.

Ershaid furthered, “it is a source of serious concern that as a result of non-compliance by the US as the only remaining possessor State Party with its obligations regarding the final extended deadline for the destruction of chemical weapons, this objective has yet to be materialized.”

Ershadi also stressed that the Israeli regime must be compelled to join the CWC without any precondition or further delay.

The Iranian envoy also called for de-politicization of the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), warning against the serious impact of politicization on the CWC’s credibility,

Ershaid furthered that Syria needed to take significant efforts to carry out its obligations under the CWC, including the complete destruction of all its 27 chemical facilities.

Syria surrendered its entire chemical stockpile in 2013 to a mission led by the United Nations and the OPCW.

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