According to Press TV, at a Saturday meeting with a group of teenagers and youths in Tehran, the Leader pointed to the use of chemical weapons by the regime of the former Iraqi dictator Saddam against Iranian people during the eight-year imposed war in 1980s.
In the course of that war, Ayatollah Khamenei said, France gave its most advanced planes and helicopters to the Saddam regime, while Germany supplied it with toxic chemical materials.
“Those who are today attacking a certain group over the accusation of using chemicals, openly gave Saddam such materials for making bombs,” the Leader said.
Ayatollah Khamenei said there are still Iranian soldiers who continue to suffer from the aftereffects of Saddam’s chemical attacks, and many others have been martyred.
Leader’s remarks come at a time when the US and its allies are accusing the Syrian government of using chemical weapons during its fight against terrorist groups. Damascus has rejected the accusations, saying they are meant to protect the foreign-backed terrorists in the face of army gains.
Ayatollah Khamenei further said International powers imposed the eight-year war Iran with the aim of destroying the Islamic Revolution, but they failed to achieve this goal thanks to the Iranian youth’s bravery, prudence and sacrifices.