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    Iran pledges no chemical weapons production

    THE HAGUE, Nov 17 (AFP) -Iran told the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Tuesday that it had not produced any type of chemical weapons since the end of its eight-year war with Iraq.

    Speaking during the OPCW's Conference of the States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention in The Hague, Mohammad Alborzi, admitted that Iran had sought to develop the deadly weapons during the Iran-Iraq conflict after Baghdad launched several chemical weapons attacks.

    "Following the establishment of the ceasefire (in July 1998), the decision to develop chemical weapons capabilities was reversed and the process was terminated," the Iranian foreign ministry representative insisted.

    "It was reiterated consequently that Iran would not seek or produce chemical weapons and would accelerate its efforts to ensure early conclusion of a comprehensive and total ban under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)," Alborzi said.


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