Head of Iran’s Civil Defense Organization voiced the organization’s readiness for cooperation with the Intelligence Ministry to deal with cases of bioterrorism.
Speaking to the Tasnim news agency, Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali said it is the Intelligence Ministry’s responsibility to work on cases of bioterrorism, detect terrorist attacks and handle other security issues.
Though the ministry has not asked for help on the issue of bioterrorism so far, the Civil Defense Organization is fully prepared for cooperation in this regard, he said.
Jalali also explained that dealing with the medical aspects of bioterrorism comes within the purview of the Health Ministry, which, for example, would conduct laboratory tests on viral culture to determine if a virus in a suspicious case has been pathogenic.
His comments came after Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani announced the establishment of a committee to study whether an Iranian individual who died recently at a young age has fallen victim to bioterrorism.
Speaking on the sidelines of a Thursday memorial ceremony for Ali Dadman, the son of a former minister who died of cancer last week at the age of 36, Shamkhani said the SNSC has set up a committee to study different aspects surrounding the death.
There is speculation that Dadman developed severe cancer abruptly after returning from a foreign trip.
The issue of bioterrorist attacks against Iranian individuals has raised concerns over the past weeks.
Bioterrorism is terrorism involving the intentional release or dissemination of biological agents, such as bacteria, viruses, or toxins, to target people.