Iran fully complies with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters on Monday.
"Yes, I saw these reports (on the United States’ plans to accuse Iran of violating the convention). Small wonder that new attempts to exert pressure on Iran are observed against the backdrop of the heated debates between the CWC state parties beginning in The Hague today with the subsequent transition to the review conference," he said answering a question from a TASS correspondent. "We are certain that Iran, just as in the case with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is fully complying with the CWC without any deviations."
According to Ryabkov, the United States is using any tools to step up pressure on "undesirable" countries.
The high-ranking diplomat stated that the discussion in the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on assigning the so-called attributive functions to its Technical Secretariat, that is, the functions of determining those involved in chemical attacks, "shows complete disregard for the convention’s requirements by a group of Western countries."
"If someone wants to amend the convention, it is necessary to start full-fledged negotiations under Article 15 and launch the process of developing an appendix - a protocol to the convention, which can only be approved by consensus," he stressed, adding that "imposing the arithmetic majority’s opinion on others is an unworthy way."
According to Ryabkov, this week’s events in The Hague will be "very tense." "If accusations against Iran are added to that, everyone will see that the US and its allies need any international platform, in particular, the OPCW, only to intensify pressure on those who pursue an independent policy and are not prepared to yield to America’s policy of dictating," he said.
Iran and CWC conference
On Friday, the Associated Press reported that the Trump administration planned to accuse Iran of violating the Chemical Weapons Convention.
On November 19, the 23rd Conference of State Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention opened in The Hague. The two-day event is being held amid profound disagreements between Russia and the West regarding the OPCW budget and plans to create an attributive group vested with the rights to determine those responsible for the use of chemical weapons.