Iran’s envoy to the international body that oversees the Chemical Weapons Convention on Tuesday urged the disclosing of the names of Western nations that provided materials that helped Iraq produce chemical warfare agents, Tehran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency reported (see GSN, July 1, 2009).
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons should publicize the names of the alleged 15 nations so the international community can understand their involvement in the chemical weapons attacks launched by the Hussein regime during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War, Iranian Ambassador to the Netherlands Kazzem Qaribabadi said at a meeting of the OPCW Executive Council in The Hague.
Iraqi chemical weapons are believed to have injured or killed tens of thousands of Iranians during the war. An estimated 100,000 Iranian citizens continue to experience breathing difficulties, skin and eye afflictions, compromised immune systems, mental health distress, genetic issues and possibly cancer as a result of the chemical attacks, according to Fars (Fars News Agency I, June 30).
“The world community should ask for the trial of the U.S. and 14 European countries for selling chemical weapons” to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, Iranian Supreme National Security Council Secretary Saeed Jalili said Tuesday in remarks observing the anniversary of an Iraqi chemical strike on Sardasht, a Kurdish city in northwestern Iran (Fars News Agency II, June 30).