China and NAM issue statement against chemical weapons

China and the members of the Non-Aligned Movement recently issued a statement calling for the total worldwide elimination of chemical weapons.

The statement was recently read at the 17th session of the Chemical Weapons Convention by Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohammad-Mehdi Akhoundzadeh, according to the state-run Tehran Times.

Iran currently holds the rotating three-year leadership of NAM, commonly a platform for anti-Western grievances against the developed world.

The joint statement read that chemical weapons pose a grave danger to the world, and the unbiased implementation of the CWC by all nations is critical to eliminate weapons of mass destruction completely.

In addition, the statement expressed concern that the United States and Russia, among other nations, continue to possess chemical weapons and have failed to meet their full obligations to the CWC. It also called on CWC member states to increase efforts at increasing the number of signatories to the convention, Tehran Times reports.

The CWC is a major international arms control agreement that outlaws the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons by its signatories. The agreement is administered by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is currently holding its 17th conference at the Hague, Netherlands.