Zarif Slams West’s Dou­ble-Stan­dard Pol­icy On Chem­i­cal Weapons

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TEHRAN - For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif has reaf­firmed Iran’s ve­he­ment op­po­si­tion to any use of chem­i­cal weapons in the world and blasted the West for its dou­ble stan­dards to­wards the is­sue.

In a phone con­ver­sa­tion with his Bri­tish coun­ter­part on Sun­day, the Ira­nian for­eign min­is­ter con­demned the uni­lat­eral at­tack on Syria and re­it­er­ated that the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran is against any use of chem­i­cal weapons.

He re­minded Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son of the use of chem­i­cal weapons by Iraq’s for­mer dic­ta­tor Sad­dam Hus­sein against Iran under the aus­pices of the US, the UK and France, and slammed the West for adopt­ing dou­ble stan­dards when it comes to the use of chem­i­cal weapons.

Zarif also raised ques­tions about the tim­ing of the Syria airstrikes which came just ahead of the visit of chem­i­cal weapons ex­perts to Syria to probe into a sus­pected chem­i­cal at­tack on Douma, and added the two airstrikes by the US on Syria were car­ried out at a time when the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces had the up­per hand in their fight against the ter­ror­ists and were push­ing them to de­feat.

He also re­minded his Bri­tish coun­ter­part of Iran’s stance to­wards Syria’s chem­i­cal dis­ar­ma­ment, say­ing, “When the is­sue of Syria’s chem­i­cal dis­ar­ma­ment was raised we an­nounced that the ter­ror­ist groups in Syria are equipped with chem­i­cal weapons but no one took Iran’s warn­ing se­ri­ously.”

Zarif once again slammed the U.S., Britain and France for their “uni­lat­eral, il­le­git­i­mate and ar­bi­trary move” to strike Syria, say­ing, “No coun­try is al­lowed to uni­lat­er­ally pun­ish other states out­side of in­ter­na­tional norms.”

John­son, for his part, pro­vided ex­pla­na­tions for the United King­dom’s role in the re­cent US-led airstrikes on Syria.

Early on Satur­day, the US, Britain and France launched a se­ries of mis­sile at­tacks against Syria in re­sponse to what they claimed was a chem­i­cal at­tack by the Da­m­as­cus gov­ern­ment in the town of Douma in the sub­urb of Da­m­as­cus on April 7.

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