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UN Security Council
Resolution 620
Date 26 August 1988
Meeting no. 2,825
Code S/RES/620 (Document)
Subject Iraq-Islamic Republic of Iran
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
  • Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg China
  • Flag of France.svg France
  • Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
  • Flag of the United States.svg United States
  • Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union
Non-permanent members
  • Flag of Algeria.svg Algeria
  • Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina
  • Flag of Brazil (1968–1992).svg Brazil
  • Flag of Italy.svg Italy
  • Flag of Japan.svg Japan
  • Flag of Nepal.svg   Nepal
  • Flag of Senegal.svg Senegal
  • Flag of Germany.png West Germany
  • Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia
  • Flag of Zambia.svg Zambia

United Nations Security Council resolution 620, adopted unanimously on 26 August 1988, after recalling Resolution 612 (1988) which found evidence of the use of chemical warfare between Iran and Iraq, the Council again condemned the use of such weapons, in violation of the Geneva Protocol.

The Council then encouraged the Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar to carry out investigations into allegations of the use of chemical and biological weapons by any Member State that may constitute a violation of the Geneva Protocol of 1925.

Resolution 620 also called upon Member States to strengthen, establish or continue applying strict control on chemical products, especially when it is suspected they may be used in chemical weapons in violation of international obligations. It also decided to consider and take into account any investigations by the Secretary-General in order to produce appropriate and effective measures in accordance with the United Nations Charter should there be any future use of chemical weapons in violation of international law by whomever and wherever they are committed.

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