Iranian President condemns use of chemical weapons in Syria

Iran Materials 24 August 2013 12:18 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 24 / Trend, N. Umid

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has condemned using chemical weapons in Syria, Iranian state TV IRINN reported.

Rouhani made the remarks during the visit of mausoleum of the late Imam Khomeini in Tehran Saturday morning to renew allegiance to the founder of the Islamic Republic.

Rouhani argued that, the international community should make every effort for preventing chemical weapons` use anywhere.

Iran has dismissed claims accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against militant positions in the suburbs of Damascus.

"If the use of chemical weapons is true, it has definitely been carried out by terrorist and Takfiri groups, because they have proved in action that they refrain from nothing," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said in a late Wednesday phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu.

On Wednesday, the head of the so-called opposition Syrian National Coalition, George Sabra, claimed that 1,300 people were killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.

But the Syrian Army vehemently rejected allegations that it used chemical weapons against militants, saying the accusations were fabricated to distract the visiting team of the UN chemical weapons experts and to cover up militants' losses.