Iran has censured German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock for commenting on human rights in the Islamic Republic, recounting Berlin’s complicity in the war crimes committed by the regime of ex-Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980s imposed war.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani made the remarks in a tweet on Tuesday, one day after Baerbock said the European Union "won't accept" alleged Iranian human rights violations.
“It is very unlikely that the German foreign minister is not aware of the Iranian people's mentality towards chemical gases and substances and their connection with the German government,” he wrote.
“How does she give herself the right to talk about the human rights of the Iranian people as her government is responsible for equipping the Saddam regime with chemical weapons as well as killing and poisoning thousands of Iranian citizens!”
بسیار بعید است وزیر خارجه آلمان از ذهنیت مردم ایران نسبت به گازها و مواد شیمیایی و ارتباط آن با دولت آلمان مطلع نباشد.— Nasser Kanaani (@IRIMFA_SPOX) May 23, 2023
وی که دولت متبوعش مسؤل تجهیز رژیم صدام به جنگ افزار شیمیایی و شهادت و مسمومیت هزاران شهروند ایرانی است، چگونه به خود حق می دهد از حقوق بشر مردم ایران صحبت کند! pic.twitter.com/pPPzeigehL
He also posted pictures showing the aftermath of Iraq’s chemical bombardment of the Iranian city of Sardasht on June 28, 1987.
Over 100 people were killed in the attack and thousands more were exposed to chemical agents.
After more than three decades, many of the survivors of the crime still have to live with the long-term respiratory and even psychological effects of inhaling mustard gas.