Iran leader warns terrorists can get chemical arms

Associated Press
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Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, right, meets with French President Francois Hollande during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iranian President Hasan Rouhani says the greatest threat to the Middle East is the danger of chemical weapons falling into the hands of extremists and terrorist groups.

He made the comments on Tuesday in an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, his first appearance on the world stage as Iran's president.

Iran is one of the Syrian regime's staunchest allies and Syria's leaders often blame terrorist and extremist groups for the country's civil war.