Iran dismisses connection to Libyan chemical weapons

Iran has dismissed a United States news report implicating it in a chemical weapons cache that was uncovered in Libya.
A spokesman for Iran said that the country was actually a champion in the fight to eradicate such arms. The spokesman was responding to a Sunday Washington Post report that quoted an anonymous U.S. official who said that special artillery shells made by Iran and filled by Libya with mustard gas were discovered in recent weeks at two different sites, AFP reports.
"About the arms delivery to the regime of (toppled Libyan leader Muammar) Gaddafi...The West would do better to look to itself, because Iran has always been at the forefront in the fight against chemical weapons," Ramin Mehmanparast, the foreign ministry spokesman for Iran, said, according to AFP.
Mehmanparast said that Iran had experience as a victim of chemical weapons, when Iraq used mustard gas its troops during the 1980-1988 war.
"Western countries have to answer how certain nations supplied the Iraqi regime with such weapons during the Iran-Iraq war," Mehmanparast said, AFP reports.
Officials in Iran said that Western countries supplied Baghdad with the chemical weapons for the war.
The shells were uncovered by revolutionary fighters in central Libya. Both of the sites are under round-the-clock surveillance by drones, the Washington Post reports.