TEHRAN (Iran News) – Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the country will never forget how Western countries backed Iraq’s ousted dictator Saddam Hussein when he carried out a chemical attack on the Iranian city of Sardasht in 1987.
“It’s been 33yrs since the chemical attack in Sardasht. We did & will never forget the support & complicity of US/Europe in the horrible attack by Saddam. We did & will never forget the UNSC silence on this heinous crime. We rebuild whatever they destroyed,” said the ministry in a tweeted a message on Saturday, Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.
The message was sent on the anniversary of chemical attack against Sardasht on June 28, 1987, when Iraq dropped mustard gas bombs on four residential areas in Sardasht in West Azerbaijan province in two separate bombing runs.
Iraqi’s chemical bombing of the border town of Sardasht was the most horrific chemical attack that inflicted many negative effects and consequences.
Iran declared the attack as ‘inhumane’ and called the city of Sardasht as the first city to fall victim to chemical weapons in the world after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in Japan by the US in 1945.
The chemical attack by invading Iraqi Ba’athist planes to the city of Sardasht in western Iran killed 110 people and wounded 5,000. A number of Sardasht’s residents are still struggling with the adverse effects and consequences of the fatal bombardment.
Although the reports of Iraq’s use of chemical weapons were released one after another by the Security Council, the international body never took any action against Saddam Hussein’s regime and never condemned Iraq.
Meanwhile, earlier on Saturday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif addressed a meeting on the same occasion and said Iran would never pass over its humane principles to fight brutality as it showed at the time of Sardasht’s chemical bombardment.
“Iranians never tried to take revenge after that barbaric bombing and this was recorded in history as an honor for the Iranian nation that they don’t ignore their principles of human behavior to reciprocate brutality,” Zarif noted.
- source : Iran Daily, Irannews