The Address | Benghazi – Libya
THE HAGUE – In a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague, Netherlands on Thursday, U.S. Ambassador to Netherlands Kenneth Ward reiterated concerns that Iran maintained a chemical weapons program that it has failed to declare to the agency.
Ward said Iran had failed to declare the transfer of chemical-filled shells sent to Libya in the 1980s despite an appeal by the OPCW to identify their origin. They were found after the death of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.
He also accused Iran and its ally Russia of “enabling” the use of chemical weapons by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “while pursuing their own chemical weapons programs.”