US to accuse Iran of violating chemical weapons treaty

November 16, 2018 - 4:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to accuse Iran of violating an international treaty that bars the production and use of chemical weapons.

Two officials said the administration plans to announce next week that Iran is not complying with the Chemical Weapons Convention. They said the non-compliance finding doesn't allege that Iran has used chemical weapons. Rather, it is based on recent intelligence showing Iran has maintained facilities and equipment to produce them.

The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The determination does not carry immediate U.S. penalties but is part of the administration's effort to isolate Iran after withdrawing from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

Lawmakers were notified of the determination on Friday. An announcement is expected as early as Monday.

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