Iran has 100,000 chemical weapons victims: Hosseini
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Tehran, Sept 6, IRNA
Iran has 100,000 victims of chemical weapons, 50,000 of whom are in critical condition and some others are exposed to gradual death, a senior Iranian official said here Tuesday.
Director General of Iran's Foreign Ministry for Political and International Affairs made the statement at the Third Conference of Asian Nations Membering Convention against Chemical Weapons (CCW) opened in Tehran on September 6.
Hosseini pointed to Iraqi imposed war on Iran and the use of chemical weapons by former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and said, "Iran has had an active participation since initiation of
preliminaries to formulate CCW."
"Iran has so far held 11 medical courses on fight against adverse consequences of chemical weapons."
Islamic Republic of Iran has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on dispatching a medical team to help victims of chemical weapons at any place in the world if necessary, Hosseini added.
About 170 states are signartories to CCW except for Israel, Iraq, Egypt and Syria.
Convention against Chemical Weapons was put to signature in Paris in 1993 after two decades of deliberations on the subject and took effect from 1997.
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