Friday, June 21, 2024

Iran calls for probe into “US-funded biological laboratories” abroad

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani has called for an international investigation into reports of US-funded biological laboratories in Ukraine and elsewhere across the world.

“The published news about US military biological laboratories in Ukraine and some other countries of the world is deeply worrying. Such activities are in contradiction to the international obligations of the United States, especially the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), and pose a threat to humanity,” Kanaani wrote in a post published on his Tweeter page on Thursday.

He added, “The matter requires an impartial international investigation.”

A Russian parliamentary commission investigating Washington’s military-related biological activities at laboratories across Ukraine concluded on Wednesday that Washington is developing a “universal” genetically-altered bioweapon comparable to that of a “nuclear winter.”

The commission added in its 207-page report that the probe into the manufacturing of the highly-damaging bioweapon was based on findings made public by Russia’s Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defense Troops over the past year.

“The United States aims to develop a universal genetically engineered biological weapon capable of infecting not only people but animals as well as agricultural crops. Its use involves, among other things, the goal of inflicting large-scale and irreparable economic damage on the enemy,” the commission said.

“The covert and targeted use of such a weapon in anticipation of a positive inevitable direct military confrontation could create a significant advantage for US forces over the adversary, even against those who possess other types of weapons of mass destruction,” it said.

“The possession of such highly effective biological weapons creates, in the view of the US military, the real prerequisites to change the nature of contemporary armed conflicts,” it added.

Soon after Russia launched its military operation in Ukraine in February 2022, Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia stated that secret American labs in Ukraine had been engaged in biological warfare. The US and Ukraine, however, denied the charges.

In October last year, Russia asked the UN Security Council to establish a commission to investigate its claims that Washington and Kiev were violating the convention prohibiting the use of biological weapons as a result of alleged activities being carried out at biological laboratories in Ukraine.

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