Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization General Gholam Reza Jalali said the possible poisoning of the late Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, by the US unveiled the high level of the threats posed by Washington to opposing states and the significance of civil defense against biological threats.
Jalai stressed the need to adopt international laws and regulations as well as the necessary leverage to deter possible use of biological agents by different states, specially the US.
He pointed to the remarks made by Nicolas Maduro, who was vice president under Chavez and was sworn in as acting president last week, in which he accused Venezuela’s enemies of causing Chavez’s cancer, and noted that the issue shows the high and sophisticated nature of the threat.
“The level of the threat is very high and cannot be ignored and is now important at national security levels,” the commander added.
Earlier, Bolivian President Evo Morales said he is “almost certain” that “the empire (the US)” had poisoned the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
Chavez, who led Venezuela for 14 years, died at age 58 after a two-year-long fight against cancer, RIA Novosti reported.
Nicolas Maduro, who was vice president under Chavez and was sworn in as acting president, earlier accused Venezuela’s enemies of causing Chavez’s cancer.
He said the issue would be investigated by a special commission.