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Iran condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 5, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said on Wednesday that Iran strongly condemns any use of chemical weapons in Syria regardless of the perpetrators and the victims.

Qasemi's remarks come a day after deadly use of chemical weapons in the Syrian city of Idlib.

Noting that this catastrophic incident was not the first of its kind in Syria, the spokesman warned against adopting double-standard approaches and making hasty judgments.

Instrumental use of such incidents for accusing others and protecting the political interests of some players will hinder a real facing the problem, Qasemi said.

Despite chemical disarmament of the Syrian government with the full cooperation of the government and under the supervision of a joint representative from the UN and OPCW, failure to pay due attention to disarmament of terrorist groups remains to be an obstacle on the way of Syrian chemical disarmament, the spokesman said, noting that Iran has always voiced concern about the consequences of this issue.

He said that one of the aims behind the attack was to hamper diplomatic efforts in Astana to find a settlement to Syria crisis which had led to a ceasefire in the war-hit country.

Iran, as the main victim of usage of chemical weapons, sympathizes and condoles with the families of the victims, Qasemi said, voicing Tehran's readiness to accept those injured for receiving medical treatment.

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