Iran urges countries to meet CWC requirements

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi urged countries with chemical weapons to meet the requirements of the Chemical Weapons Convention by destroying their chemical arms by April 29, 2012.

Salehi made the statement during the second International Nuclear Disarmament Conference in Tehran, Iran, on Sunday. He also said that nuclear countries should join treaties like the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty and the International Atomic Energy Agency Safeguards Treaty to further the disarmament of nuclear weapons, Global Security reports.

"We call for all countries which have chemical weapons to abide by the set date of April 29, 2012 for complete destruction of their chemical weapons and do their utmost to carry out the job by the timetable,” Salehi said, according to Global Security. “Certain countries own some 23,000 nuclear warheads, 10,000 of which are in operational phase. 2,000 have been placed in the highest alert level that could be launched in minutes. The danger of use of the arms is possible as long as they exist and are getting upgraded.”

Salehi said that nuclear regimes have continued to deploy strategic and tactical weapons and upgrade them. He said that despite the NPT becoming binding four decades ago, no meaningful advance has come to force other countries to actually disarm their nuclear weapons.