But the prime minister said the conviction was a reminder of the brutality of Saddam Hussein's regime.
But fears of an upsurge in violence remain, with Iraq's Sunnis still angry over the verdict. John Simpson reports from Baghdad.
The former dictator invaded Iran in 1980, leading to a bloody eight-year war. Frances Harrison reports from Tehran.
Nouri al-Maliki said the verdict was victory for all the victims of the past regime.
First published 5th November 2006