Continuation of war after Khorramshhr liberation was right decision

TEHRAN, May 23 (MNA) -- Reformist presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi has said that the decision to press on with the war against Iraq after the liberation of Khorramshahr in 1982 was correct.

“The passage of time has shown that the decision taken at the time was right, because the war could not be ended at the time of the liberation of Khorramshahr,” he told the Mehr News Agency on Saturday.

 

Iran liberated the southwestern port city of Khorramshahr from Iraqi occupation on May 24, 1982 during the 1980-1988 Iran–Iraq war. The Iraqis had captured the city early in the war on October 26, 1980.

 

Mousavi said, “Later, with our understanding of the Saddam (Hussein) regime, (we realized that) if the war had ended at that stage, they (Iraqi forces) would not have withdrawn from some parts of our territory which were occupied. Moreover, there was also the possibility of a new round of attacks.” 

 

He pointed out that the Founder of the Islamic Republic, the late Imam Khomeini, had certain reservations about how the war was conducted after the liberation of Khorramshahr, but other officials had their own reasoning, and finally it was decided that the war should continue. 

 

Mousavi explained that although he did not play any part in taking the decision, he still believes it was the correct decision. 

 

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