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Iran protests to UN secretary-general against US threats

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

United Nations, New York, March 24, IRNA
Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN Mohammad-Javad Zarif on Monday sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan protesting against recent US threats against Tehran.

Following is the full text of his letter:
"In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
"Your Excellency, Mr Kofi Annan,
"Upon instructions from my Government, I have the honor to enclose herewith the text of a note verbal dated 13 March 2006 from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic addressed to the Embassy of Switzerland in Tehran (United States Interest Section).

"In the recent several months, various senior officials of the United States have used false pretexts to make public and thinly- veiled threats of resort to force against the Islamic Republic of Iran in total contempt of international law and the fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

"The statements delivered at the AIPAC meeting in Washington on 5-7 March, 2006 by the US Vice-President and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, threatening Iran with "tangible and painful consequences," "use all the tools at our disposal", "Rest assured, though, we are not relying on the Security Council as the only tool in our toolbox to address this problem" and "already beefing up defensive measures" are simply the latest and more vulgar in a series of statements and publications which resort to such unlawful, unacceptable and dangerous threats of use of force.

"The statements, furthermore, make US contempt for the UN Security Council and other multilateral mechanisms, as well as its intention to abuse the very same mechanism self-evident.

"Regrettably, such dangerous words go beyond callous statements before single-issue constituencies and include documents officially articulating US strategy. The list includes the draft "Doctrine of Joint Military Operations" issued by the US Joint Chief of Staff on 15 March 2005 and the "National Security Strategy" issued by the White House on 16 March 2006, both of which defiantly articulate US policies and intentions on pre-emption, the use of force and resort to nuclear weapons in contravention of international law, the Charter of the United Nations, the NPT and other US multilateral undertakings on negative security assurances.

"These statements and documents, in view of past illegal behavior of the United States, constitute matters of utmost gravity that require urgent, concerted and resolute response on the part of the United Nations and particularly by the Security Council.

"It is indeed regrettable that past failures have emboldened senior US officials and even others to consider the threat of use of force, both of which specifically rejected under Article 2(4) of the Charter as violation of one of the most fundamental principles of the Organization, as being an "option on the table."
"The United Nations has a fundamental responsibility to reject these assertions and to arrest this trend.

"It will be highly appreciated if this letter and its annex were circulated as a document of the General Assembly under Agenda Items 9, 82, 87, 94, 95, 97, 110 and of the Security Council.

"Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.

"(signed) M. Javad Zarif"

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