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Marandi: German Foreign Minister Lost Chance to Apologize to Iranian Nation.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Renowned political analyst Dr. Mohammad Marandi reminded Berlin's military assistance to the former Iraqi regime during the 1980s war against Iran, including the supply of raw materials and technology for the production of chemical weapons, and said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier lost the opportunity he was given to apologize to the Iranian nation.

"The German foreign minister's visit (to Iran at the weekend) was an ideal opportunity for his apology to the Iranian nation for the chemical weapons that the government of his country supplied to Saddam's regime," Marandi, who is also a Tehran University Professor, told FNA on Monday.

Stressing that equipping Saddam Hussein's regime with chemical weapons was a clear violation of human rights, he said, "In addition, Germany has extensively supported the terrorist groups, including Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as MEK, PMOI and NCRI) terrorist group, as murderers who have killed of thousands of Iranians."

"If the German government claims to be an advocate of human rights, civil society and civil rights, it should first account for its deeds like equipping a criminal regime with chemical weapons," Marandi said.

Tens of thousands of Iranians were killed and wounded by chemical weapons during the 1980-1988 Iraqi imposed war on Iran. Around 100,000 Iranians are still living with the effects, which include long-term respiratory problems, eye and skin problems as well as immune system disorders, psychological disorders, genetic disorders, and probably cancers.

Sardasht is a city in Northwestern Iran. According to the 2006 census, its population was 37,000. It lies in the West Azarbaijan province. It was the first city in which civilians were attacked with chemical weapons by former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein during the imposed Iraqi war on Iran. The weapons had been supplied by the western states, including Germany.

The population of Sardasht is Kurdish. Sardasht is also known for the many villages around it and their reliability on the city's market.

On June 28, 1987, Iraqi aircraft dropped what Iranian authorities believed to be mustard gas bombs on Sardasht, in two separate bombing runs on four residential areas.

Sardasht was the first town in the world to be gassed. Out of a population of 20,000, 25% are still suffering severe illnesses from the attacks.

During the German Foreign Minister's visit to Tehran, Steinmeier conducted a speech at the University of Tehran on Sunday, where Iranian university students gathered to express their anger at Berlin's support for Iraq's executed dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980s war against Iran, including export of chemical weapons to his regime.

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