News ID: 251731
Published: 0412 GMT April 21, 2019

MP: Iran to claim compensation from US for chemical weapons victims

MP: Iran to claim compensation from US for chemical weapons victims

A senior Iranian lawmaker called on the Foreign Ministry to observe a parliamentary bill that requires legal retaliatory action against the US, including formal complaint at international courts to receive compensation from Washington for Iranian victims of chemical weapons.

Speaking to Tasnim News Agency, Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Heshamtollah Falahatpisheh said the legislature has already passed a law on retaliatory measures vis-à-vis the hostile US policies.

He said the law requires the administration to claim compensation for Iranian victims of chemical weapons and for damages to the regional nations done by the US violation of human rights.

Iran’s northwestern city of Sardasht is the third city in the world after Japan’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki which became the target of weapons of mass destruction. On June 28 and 29, 1987, Iraqi bombers attacked four crowded parts of Sardasht with chemical bombs and engulfed its residents, women and children, young and old, with fatal chemical gases, killing over 100 Iranian civilians and injured hundreds of others.

The actual death toll is far greater than announced. Nearly 5,000 residents of the town, which had a population of 20,000 at the time of the attack, are still suffering from serious respiratory and skin ailments and disorders.

The parliamentary measure also entails legal action to seek compensation for the deaths of people assassinated by terrorist groups supported by the US government, Falahatpisheh added.

He said 70 American companies had been providing chemical weapons to the former Ba’athist regime of Iraq in the war against Iran in the 1980s.

According to the legislator, the Foreign Ministry has been obliged to give biannual reports to the Parliament and lodge complaints against the US at intentional tribunals.

Earlier this month, Falahatpisheh said his colleagues have decided to table 14 motions as part of a strategy to counter the hostile measures.

According to the motions, the administration, ministries, and executive organizations are required to carry out policies to deal with, foil, and publicize the belligerent US measures, he added.



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