FOREIGN NEWS: UN Envoy Stresses Iran’s Opposition to Chemical Weapons Use in Syria
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria, and reiterated Tehran’s call on the world states to wait for the final results of the UN chemical weapons inspectors’ investigations.
Khazaei expressed Iran’s strong opposition to the use of chemical arms. “Iran, as a main victim of using chemical weapons during 1980-1988 Iraqi-imposed war on the country, is against any kind of usage of this inhuman warfare,” he said in an e-mailed statement to the New York Times.
The Iranian envoy urged all countries to wait and let the UN chemical weapons inspectors, who were in Syria to probe sites of chemical attacks, complete their work.
US President Barack Obama claimed on Wednesday that the Syrian government would face “international consequences” for last week’s deadly chemical attack, but made clear any military response would be limited to avoid dragging the United States into another war in the Middle-East.
Hundreds of people were killed and scores of others were injured in a chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar on August 21.
The foreign-backed opposition has blamed the Syrian government for the deadly attack.
The Syrian government, however, has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the chemical attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.
The US army has moved its forces into place ahead of its possible military action against Syria, even as Obama voiced caution.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday the Syrians are waiting for the US intervention, and promised to get out of this war victorious.