Iranian FM:

Tehran(IP): The Iranian Foreign Minister considered Sardasht a symbol of the use of chemical weapons against civilians and residential areas in the contemporary era.

Iran PressIran news: On June 28, 1987, the Ba'athist regime in Iraq used chemical weapons to bomb four crowded areas of Sardasht (northwestern Iran), killing 119 civilians and exposing more than 8,000 people to poison gas, suffering chemical injuries.

Commemorating the chemical victims of the Sardasht bombing tragedy, Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran stated on Monday:

"The casualties of chemical warfare have twice fallen victim to the inhumane policies of some Western governments: Once it was when chemicals and nuclear weapons technologies were sold to the Western-backed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and the second time, it was when the most brutal inhumane sanctions were imposed under Trump administration and prevented the delivery of medicine and medical equipment to alleviate the suffering of our dear chemical warfare victims," Iran Press reported. 

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Zarif added: "Despite our efforts and the cooperation of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the new US administration has not given up on the failed policy of the previous administration and will continue to impose illegal sanctions on the veterans in the chemical warfare."

Pointing out that the common denominator of weapons of mass destruction and sanctions is the fact that they see no difference in their goals, the Iranian foreign minister stressed: "The global crisis caused by the COVID-19, once again spotlighted the need to strengthen international cooperation to overcome the crisis. It ignores global issues and considers unilateral measures ineffective and doomed to failure."

Zarif highlighted: "It is expected that States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention, while pursuing the complete and rapid elimination of chemical weapons as well as the universality of the Convention, shall exercise due diligence under their obligations under the relevant provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention and fulfill their obligations to the  Resolutions of the Conference of States Parties on the International Network for the Protection of Chemical Weapons Victims and the Fund for the Assistance of Chemical Victims.

The city of Sardasht, with a population of 120,000, is located in the south of Iran's West Azerbaijan province and shares a 100-kilometer border with Iraq.


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