Iran's Zarif says use of chemical weapons in Syria cannot be condoned

Iran's Zarif says use of chemical weapons in Syria cannot be condoned

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, pointing to Sunni Islamist militants in Syria fighting against its allies in Damascus, told the Munich Security Conference that the use of chemical weapons could never be condoned, The Daily Star reports.

Damascus, an ally of majority-Shiite Iran, this week rejected a recent Human Rights Watch report that said its military and allied forces had used chemical weapons during their capture of Aleppo last year. It instead accused anti-government fighters of using chemical weapons.

"The use of chemical weapons can never be condoned ... Unfortunately the terrorist organizations Nusra and Daesh (ISIS) still possess chemical weapons," Zarif said.

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