Iran will not forget nor forgive those behind Sardasht chemical attack: FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian says the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran will neither forget nor forgive the perpetrators of the Sardasht chemical attack and their accomplices.

Amirabdollahian made the remarks in a message on Wednesday on the anniversary of a chemical attack on the Iranian city of Sardasht, northwestern Iran, by Western-backed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

“The crime was committed in clear violation of international law, the United Nations Charter, and the 1925 Geneva Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare,” he wrote.

He said all the masterminds and perpetrators of the crime must be held to account for their inhumane acts.

Sardasht, a small city in Iran’s West Azarbaijan province, was targeted with fatal chemical agents on June 28, 1987, during Iraq’s war of aggression against Iran.

Over 100 people were killed and thousands more were exposed to chemical agents after the Iraqi bombers attacked four densely populated parts of Sardasht.

Iranian officials have repeatedly called on the international community to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice.

According to Amirabdollahian, the passage of time will neither prevent Iran from seeking justice nor will it free the responsible governments of their responsibility regarding the case.

He also said that Western countries have continued their crimes toward the Iranian people by imposing sanctions on medicines needed by the victims of the chemical attacks.

With this action, he went on, they are “rubbing salt into the wounds of our dear chemical victims.”

“These sanctions are one of the most inhumane crimes against humanity,” the Iranian foreign minister added.

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