Iran declares desire to cooperate with OPCW

A senior official from the Iranian foreign ministry recently declared Iran’s desire to increase cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Deputy Foreign Official for Legal and International Affairs Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh spoke at a meeting with OPCW Director-General Ahmet Uzumcu about Iran’s commitment to share its expertise in aid management and protection against chemical warfare agents, according to

Akhoundzadeh announced Tehran’s willingness to organize alertness workshops for the organization and praised Iran’s active role in its activities. Iran is currently one of the 41 members of the OPCW’s executive council.

Iran has generally stressed the need for the dismantling of weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weaponry, because such weapons were used against it during the 1980-1988 war with Iraq, according to

It is estimated that 100,000 Iranians are still living with the effects of chemical attacks, which include respiratory problems, immune system disorders, psychological disorders, eye and skin problems, genetic disorders and cancer.

Iraq began using tear gas against Iranian forces as early as 1982, but when initial results were positive, Baghdad assessed the potential qualities of far more dangerous compounds. In 1984, the Iraqis began using mustard gas and sarin nerve gas to blunt an Iranian offensive. It would later deploy tabun and cyanide as part of its arsenal.