Int’l Community Urged to Pressure Tel Aviv into Joining CWC
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyed Abbas Araqchi stressed the necessity for international pressures on the Tel Aviv regime to force it to join world treaties, including the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that the non-adherence of the Zionist regime of Israel to international regulations and principles should not be neglected,” Araqchi said Monday in an address to the 14th Regional Meeting of National Authorities of State Parties to the CWC in Asia held in Tehran.
“The international community should try hard to compel the regime to join international disarmament treaties, including the CWC,” he stated.
The Iranian diplomat further expressed deep concern over the threat posed to the world by the Israeli regime, saying that it has a large arsenal of chemical weapons and refuses to join international mechanisms for disarmament.
Israel signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1993, but when it was put into force in 1997, the regime refrained from ratifying the treaty.
The regional meeting underway in Tehran is jointly organized by the Iranian government and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and has been attended by 54 representatives from 25 Asian countries.
The meeting, which highlights Iran’s active role in OPCW, will last until May 25 and focus on important issues related to the implementation of the CWC.
The CWC is an arms control treaty which outlaws the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons and their precursors. The full name of the treaty is the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction.
The OPCW, an intergovernmental organization based in The Hague, Netherlands, is the implementing body of the CWC.
It has 192 member states working together to achieve a world free of chemical weapons.