100,000 chemical arms victims in Iran

TEHRAN, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- The Iranian foreign ministry said Tuesday that 100,000 Iranians are suffering from injuries with chemical weapons they sustained during the war with Iraq.

The Iranian News Agency, IRNA, quoted the director of political affairs department at the ministry Peruz Husseini as saying 50,000 of the afflicted are in dangerous conditions and are exposed to slow death.


Husseini accused the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein of having used chemical weapons against Iran during their 1980-1988 war.

Speaking at the opening of the third meeting of Asian countries that have signed the treaty of banning chemical weapons, Husseini said Iran is committed to the ban and has helped achieved that objective.

He also called for eliminating chemical weapons around the world.

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