Monday, 06 July, 2020

Foreign Ministry: US sanctions block Iran’s access to drugs needed for victims of chemical warfare

Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has once again slammed the United States for imposing ‘inhumane’ sanctions on the Iranian nation, saying Washington hinders Tehran’s access to medicine needed for victims of chemical-weapon attacks and other patients.

The Ministry made the remarks in a tweet on Sunday on the occasion of the National Day of Countering Chemical and Microbial Weapons.

“Today, through its inhumane sanctions, the United States is preventing (export of) the medicine needed for chemical (warfare) victims; the drugs needed for other victims as well as the drugs needed for various patients,” the ministry said.

In a video conference held on Saturday to mark a deadly chemical attack by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on the Iranian city of Sardasht in West Azarbaijan Province in 1987, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the United States has failed to observe any human rights principles, either by providing chemical weapons to Iraq against Iran or imposing sanctions and pursuing economic terrorism against the Iranian people.

“Even in the battle against the coronavirus and the recent catastrophic pandemic which has affected the entire world…the US government is continuing this path,” he said.

The United States, Britain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands were among the countries that provided Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist Iraq with the equipment and material to build chemical weapons.

Iraq made the most of its acquisitions by launching over 350 large-scale chemical attacks along the Iran-Iraq border between 1980 and 1988 on soldiers and civilians alike, using mustard gas, and the nerve agents VX, Tabun, and Sarin.

This left Iran with over 107,000 victims, 2,600 of whom died at the time. Over 45,000 others were left in permanent need of relief aid provided by Iran’s Veterans and War Victims Foundation.

Sardasht was only one of the civilian areas to experience the devastating effects of mustard gas and nerve agents.

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