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    TEHERAN, June 28 (RIA Novosti, Nikolai Terekhov) - An Iranian senior defence official says his country is ready to back up its allegations that some U.S. and European companies supplied chemical arms to overthrown former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

    The companies that supplied chemical weapons to the Hussein regime during Iraq's eight-year war against Iran from 1980-1988 are divided into lettered groups, the head of the document storage fund at the Iranian Defense Ministry said.

    The first group includes U.S., British and German companies, which are accused of direct involvement in the creation and the transfer of chemical weapons to Hussein. The other two groups include companies from France, Italy, Switzerland and other European countries. Iran says they indirectly participated in the creation of chemical weapons for Hussein.

    Iran is ready to provide documents it says proves its claims, if Europe sets up an independent and unbiased court, the source at the Defense Ministry said.

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