(MENAFN) Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Nasser Kanaani, has dismissed claims by the European Union (EU) that a number of students in certain Iranian schools were poisoned, calling them "baseless." Kanaani criticized the EU Parliament for becoming a forum for Iran-hatred and censured the "suspicious events" in schools. He noted that while Iran is seriously pursuing the issue and expert teams from the Iranian Health Ministry are conducting a field and scientific investigation, the EU's resolution and repeated baseless accusations against Iran are surprising and regrettable.
Kanaani further remarked that it is shameful that certain countries are utilizing mercenary attacks to damage Iran's reputation and launch a propaganda campaign against the Islamic Republic. He also noted that certain nations are exploiting the issue as a "new subject" to maintain their unending animosities towards Iran. The European Parliament, he said, has become a venue for dubious and radical individuals who want to incite hatred against the Iranian people and further the Iranophobic project.
In a statement released on Thursday, European legislators urged the UN Human Rights Council to launch an impartial investigation into a spate of poisonings that have affected Iranian schoolgirls. The resolution received 516 votes in favor, 5 against, and 14 abstentions. Several Iranian students have reported experiencing poisoned symptoms while attending class since November 2022. The outbreak originated in the central city of Qom before extending to some other cities. Students have reported breathing issues, nausea, exhaustion, and dizziness, with some even requiring hospitalization.
In response to the EU's accusations, Kanaani underscored that some of the culprits of this crime have been identified based on the preliminary findings of Iranian judicial authorities. He also noted that the highest-ranking Iranian authorities have denounced the cruel act and demanded a full inquiry into the matter, as well as the most severe penalties for those responsible.
The accusations made by the EU have been met with skepticism by some in Iran who believe that they are part of a broader campaign to demonize the country. Iran has been the target of international sanctions and criticism for its alleged support of terrorism and human rights abuses. The poisoning of schoolgirls is a serious issue that requires investigation and action, but it is important to avoid jumping to conclusions or making baseless accusations. Iran has vowed to get to the bottom of the issue and hold those responsible accountable, and it is important to allow the investigation to proceed without undue interference or bias.
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