Europeans Should Be Accountable for Chemical Holocaust in Iran
IRAN NEWS NATIONAL DESK
TEHRAN – Head of Iranian Civil Defense Organization described the chemical attacks by Saddam’s regime in the cities of Sardasht and Halabja as a chemical holocaust, saying that European countries that helped Saddam to produce these weapons should be held accountable today.
Speaking at the National Conference on Chemical Defense held in Tehran on Sunday, Brigadier-General Gholam-Reza Jalali said: “Prohibition of the production and stockpiling chemical weapons in the world must have executive requirements.”
“Today we still witness the use of chemical weapons against the people. For example, ISIS used chemical weapons against the Iraqi people, and everyone knows what countries created the terrorist group,” head of Iranian Civil Defense Organization added.
He went on to say that the conventions prohibiting the production and accumulation of chemical weapons are not being implemented, and the United States and European countries are producing and stockpiling them, so an organization like the International Atomic Energy Agency must be set up in the chemical field to prevent this.
The official also criticized the performance of international institutions such as the fact-finding committees for chemical attacks because they do not disclose the behind-the-scenes production and sale of chemical weapons.
General Jalali referred to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution’s fatwa regarding the ban on the production and stockpiling weapons of mass destruction and said: “Iran has an economic and defensive approach toward the chemical industry.” The chemical industry is the engine of the country’s economy, and Iran is now one of the hubs of petrochemicals and chemicals, he noted. With an industrial and economic view in this industry, Iran has been able to create jobs in this field, the official concluded.
Meanwhile addressing the ceremony, 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.
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 and Head of Iranian Civil Defense Organization Brigadier-General Gholam-Reza Jalali.