Iran calls for chemical weapons destruction

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for International and Legal Affairs Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh called on all world leaders to take steps towards dismantling all weapons of mass destruction in the world with a focus on chemical weapons.

Akhoundzadeh specifically listed chemical weapons as those he would like to see dismantled, Fars News Agency reports.

“Basically, the principled policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran stands on the full and permanent annihilation of WMDs, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons,” Akhoundzadeh said, Fars News Agency reports.

Akhoundzadeh stressed that the Iranian foreign ministry is very seriously pursuing the annihilation of chemical weapons.

He also noted that a Disarmament Conference in Tehran in April and Iran's proposals to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in New York were among the efforts made by the Islamic Republic to show that it is serious about the dismantling of weapons of mass destruction.

The United Nations General Assembly approved a draft of resolution proposed by Iran on nuclear disarmament in October amid strong opposition by the U.S., Britain, France, Israel and a number of western countries. The resolution calls on all nuclear countries to annihilate their nuclear weapons under the supervision of international bodies.

More than 100 countries voted for the resolution, according to the Fars News Agency. The resolution also urges Israel to join the NPT and allow the IAEA to inspect its nuclear installations.