Iran begins legal proceedings against governments that supplied chemical weapons

Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's ambassador to the Netherlands, has announced that Iran has begun legal proceedings in international courts against the governments and companies that facilitated Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons program during the Baathist regime.

The war between Iraq and Iran between 1980 and 1988 saw numerous chemical weapon strikes that are believed to have resulted in the deaths of thousands of Iranians.

"Legal proceedings against those (companies and governments) which armed Iraq with chemical weapons against Iran during the imposed war are underway," Ambassador Gharib Abadi said, Mehr News reports. Gharib Abadi also holds an executive post with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The OPCW has the mandate to ensure its provisions are implemented, which allows them to verify compliance with countries around the world.

Gharib Abadi said that as a victim of chemical weapons, Iran is actively campaigning to abolish chemical weapons worldwide, according to Mehr News. The CWC has set a deadline for the destruction of all chemical weapon stockpiles by April 2012 and Gharib Abadi called on the United States and Russia to adhere to these multinational treaties.

Washington and Moscow have acknowledged that they will not finish their chemical demilitarization efforts by that deadline.