News ID: 264086
Published: 0342 GMT January 08, 2020

Iran tells UN it is not after war but reserves right to self-defense

Iran tells UN it is not after war but reserves right to self-defense

Iran’s United Nations mission drew the world body’s attention to the United States’ repeated threats of using force against the country in the aftermath of Washington’s assassination of senior Iranian commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks in a letter, which he addressed to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Press TV reported.

The letter called attention to the “unlawful” and provocative nature of the threats issued over a considerably short period of time by President Donald Trump, only days after US drone strikes led to the martyrdom of General Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ Quds Force, and the second-in-command of Iraq's Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) anti-terror group, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis among others in the Iraqi capital.

It said the Islamic Republic reserves its right to defend itself against any threats or actual deployment of force targeting the country.

“Overall, only in three days, the President of the United States, through extremely provocative and harsh statements, has threatened five times to use force against a founding member of the United Nations,” a part of the letter said.

“Such unbridled threats by the President of the United States indisputably constitute a gross violation of the peremptory norms of international law as well as the very fundamental principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter, particularly its Article 2(4) that clearly prohibits the threat or use of force”.

“Given the confrontational nature of these inflammatory statements and threats, as well as the broad and adverse ramifications of the military adventurism of the United States on regional and international peace and security, it is crystal clear that this country bears the full responsibility for all consequences,” it added.

“While the Islamic Republic of Iran does not seek war, it seriously warns against any further military adventurism against it. Iran is determined to continue to strongly protect its people, to vigorously defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity and to fully secure its national interests.

“Accordingly, in conformity with international law and in exercising its inherent right to self-defense, Iran will take all necessary and proportionate measures against any threat or use of force.

“This is in accordance with its inherent right under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, and Iran will not hesitate to exercise it when required.

The international community should not condone or tolerate this situation and must demand that the United States put an end to its continued unlawful and destabilizing measures in such a volatile region as the Middle East, particularly by withdrawing all its forces from the region,” the letter continued.

“Likewise, the United Nations Security Council must condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the unlawful threats and unfettered policies of the United States as well as hold it accountable for all of its wrongful acts and unlawful practices while compelling it to abide by the principles and rules of international law,” the letter concluded.

 

 

   
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