Hours after Iran's president acknowledged that chemical weapons were used in an attack near Damascus this past week, Iran's foreign ministry accused opponents of Syria's ruler, Bashar Assad, of perpetrating the deed.
, Iran's foreign ministry
spokesman, said Iran
believed the rebels were behind the attack, and that Iran was in
touch with Syria
and other countries to find out what happened.
"There is evidence that this action was carried out by
terrorist groups," ISNA
quoted Araqchi as saying. "The
concurrence of the use of these weapons with the presence of
inspectors is itself an indication that there are
hands at work to accuse the Syrian government
of using these
weapons and help the conflict and crisis to continue."