0851 GMT January 15, 2021
Mohammad Javad Zarif paid tribute to the victims of the 1987 gassing of Sardasht, a town in northwestern Iran.
“On June 28, we commemorate the horrific chemical attack on our civilians in Sardasht, Iran.
“We'll never forget that Western world supported & armed Saddam – even with chemical weapons.
“Security Council never condemned his gassing of our people.
“We persevered then, and will now.”
Sardasht was the third city in the world after Japan’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki to become a 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 with fatal chemical gases.
The attacks killed 116 citizens and injured over 5,000.