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No disinformation against Iran can change realities about US' illegal practices: Iran's UN envoy

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Sat / 21 September 2019 / 12:03

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian ambassador to the United Nations rejected certain baseless accusations repeated by the US against the Islamic Republic's space and ballistic missile activities, stressing on continuation of the country's activities related to ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles.

Ambassador and permanent representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN, Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Here is the full text of Majid Takht-Ravanchi's letter:

I would also like to reiterated that Iran has not conducted any activity inconsistent with paragraph 3 of annex B to resolution 2231 (2015), and accordingly, it is determined to resolutely continue its activities related to ballistic missiles and space launch vehicles, both of which are its inherent rights under international law and are necessary for securing its security as well as socioeconomic interests, respectively.

At the same time, since Iran's activities related to space launch vehicles and ballistic missiles fall outside the purview or competence of resolution 2231 (2015) and its annexes, the Secretary-General is therefore expected to seriously avoid reporting on Iran's such activities in his next reports on the implementation of that resolution.

Seizing this opportunity, I would also like to categorically reject the allegations against Iran made by the Permanent Representative of the United States at the 8619th meeting of the Security Council on 16 September 2019 (S/PV.8619). It has become a standard practice of certain officials of the United States who, following any incident -- no matter where and by whom – without exception, immediately and without any investigation and evidence, declare Iran as the culprit. This "maximum deception" campaign is in line with and a living example of the so-called "maximum pressure" policy of the United States against Iran. It is evident that no amount of smear campaign, disinformation and deception against Iran can change the realities about the illegal practices and irresponsible policies of the United States or distract attention away from its destructive policies, malign behavior and destabilizing measures, in particular in the Middle East. Instead of such futile attempts and baseless allegations, the United States must stop exporting an unprecedented amount of sophisticated weaponry to the Middle East, which are used including for death and destruction in Yemen by the closest regional allies of the United States.

I should be grateful if you would have the present letter circulated as a document of the Security Council.

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

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