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Iran: Germany rants about human rights despite complicity in Saddam’s war crimes

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo shows the aftermath of Iraq’s chemical attack on Iranian city of Sardasht, on 28 June 1987 during the war.

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!”

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.

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