Jun 28, 2020 11:20 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jul 07, 2020 22:27 Asia/Tehran]

Tehran (IP): The senior aide and adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution said that the West and international organizations were silent against the biggest chemical attack in history.

Iran Press/Iran News: Speaking at the National Conference on Chemical Defense held in Tehran on Sunday, Major General Yahya Rahim-Safavi referred to the chemical bombing of Sardasht and Halabja by Saddam's regime, saying: "Today, the chemical bombing of Halabja is the largest chemical attack in history in terms of geographical area, but at that time the world's mass media remained silent about this incident and the United States, Europe, and the international organizations showed a green light to it."

Having 8000 martyrs and 107,000 veterans due to chemical attacks, Iran has been one of the biggest victims of chemical attacks in the world, he noted.

Referring to Iran's strategies in the face of chemical and microbial threats, former Chief Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) stressed the need to develop infrastructure and use modern technology, strengthen the training sector and build the necessary equipment to deal with this type of threat.

"To better deal with chemical and microbial threats, it is necessary to develop relations with other countries," General Safavi added.

"In the fight against the coronavirus, Iran has been able to succeed with the role played by the armed forces along with other organizations, and these experiences must be transferred to other countries," the official concluded.

The National Conference on Chemical Defense was held in Tehran on Sunday on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of the chemical attack on Sardasht with the attendance of senior military officials of Iran, including the senior aide and adviser to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Major General Yahya Rahim-Safavi.

The Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein attacked Sardasht, in West Azerbaijan province, in northwestern Iran, with chemical weapons in 1987, making Sardasht one of the first cities in the world to be targeted by weapons of mass destruction.

On 28 and 29 June 1987, Iraqi bombers attacked four crowded districts of Sardasht with chemical bombs that engulfed its residents, women, and children, young and old, bringing death on a grand scale.

The chemical attack on Sardasht left at least 110 people killed, and 5,000 others injured, many receiving serious life-threatening injuries.

June 28 has been designated as the National Day of Countering Chemical and Microbial Weapons.

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