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Jalili: Chemical weapons have no place in Iran's defense doctrine

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 23, IRNA
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Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said in Brussels on Wednesday that chemical weapons have no place in Iran's defense doctrine.

"I assure you that the (chemical) weapons have no place in our defense doctrine," Jalili told Members of European Parliament (MEPs), while referring to Iran's refusal to use chemical weapons during the eight-year (1980-88) war imposed by former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein though 100,000 of its citizens fell victim to such weapons during Baathist regime's chemical attacks.

"During Saddam Hussein's brutal attack on Iran we remained committed to the ethical and religious principles and refused to attack Iraqi cities. When Saddam imposed a full-fledged war on our nation and bombarded our cities, we could target some Iraqi cities with our very small and ordinary weapons. But late Imam Khomeini never sanctioned attack on the cities just on ethical and religious grounds.

"At those times, Saddam, backed by certain European countries, applied chemical weapons against Iran. Later, the supplier countries themselves began to object. At those times we considered such weapons inhuman and unethical."

He went on to say, "Today, the individuals, raising such allegations against us, have been testing the second and third generations of such weapons themselves and have turned their country and even Europe into nuclear arsenals, which are a threat to the world and European nations. Due to the same reason, we think moving towards global disarmament will definitely be a helpful move for security of of world peoples."

On Iran's cooperation with Russia and Afghanistan events, Jalili said, "We cooperate with Russia as a friend. The Islamic Republic of Iran used to be Taliban's immediate target."

He said Taliban martyred 11 Iranian diplomats in Mazar-i-Sharif.

"We did not have any political ties with Taliban in Afghanistan even when they were in power. Since the fall of Taliban, the Islamic Republic of Iran has had most cooperation with Afghanistan in order to form a national assembly and national government."

Iran was the first country to set up Dogharun highway for welfare of Afghans. "My question is: Why has drug production grown to 7,000 tons from 2,000 tons despite presence of NATO and the occupying forces in Afghanistan? The drugs are destined to Europe and thus far, more than 3,000 Iranian youths have lost their lives in campaign against rug trafficking on the Afghan borders."

He said Iran's behavior towards Afghanistan has been fully constructive and effective and in line with consolidating its national government.

"We had similar approach to Iraq. Iran was the first country in the region to support the political process and democracy. We used all our capacity to ensure formation of national assembly, a democratic government and constitution there. Today, too we have the best type of relations with the Iraqi government."

He added, "Mr. Jalal Talabani, who is a Kurd and Iraqi President, Mr. Nouri al-Maliki, who is Shiite prime minister of the country and Mr. Mashhadani, who is a Sunni and parliament speaker, are our friends. We have best type of ties with all parties in a democratic system in Iraq as we have cordial ties with whole world." The Iranian official said Iran has good and extensive ties with the South American states.

"Volume of our commercial transactions with Venezuela and the contracts signed with the country are worth almost ten billion dollars."

He said there is now good capacity for economic cooperation with South American states. "Presently, value of our exports is more than one billion dollars and there is a very good market available in the countries for Iran."
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