Iran denied on Friday it had violated an global conference by not entirely announcing its chemical weapons capabilities into the U.N., describing a U.S. allegation to that effect since groundless, state TV reported.
At a meeting of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague on Thursday, ambassador Kenneth Ward reiterated U.S. worries that Iran claimed a chemical weapons system it has failed to announce to the bureau.
“Once again America has leveled groundless accusations from Iran… that we strongly reject,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted as saying by Iranian TV.
Washington’s goal, Qasemi said, would be to divert international attention from the continuing support for Israeli chemical arsenals. Iran doesn’t recognize Israel.
Israel neither confirms nor denies having weapons of mass-destruction. It signed the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1993, but has yet to ratify it, stating which ought to be preceded by advancement in Middle East peacemaking.
Tension has improved between Washington and Tehran since May, when President Donald Trump reimposed sanctions after withdrawing from a 2015 atomic deal, where they were revoked, between Iran and six big powers.