The following the complete text of Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee’s letter to the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, over Israel’s latest threats to attack Iran.
Iran’s Ambassador to the UN, Mohammad Khazaee
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
Upon instructions from my Government and pursuant to this Permanent Mission’s previous letters circulated as documents A/61/571-S/2006/884, A/61/954-S/2007/354, A/62/705-S/2008/117, A/62/798-S/2008/240, S/2008/377, S/2008/377, 2/3008/599 and S/2008/790 regarding the unlawful and insolent threats of resorting to force against the Islamic Republic of Iran by the Israeli regime, I wish to inform you that the use of fabricated pretexts by various Israeli regime’s officials to publicly threatening to resort to force against the Islamic Republic of Iran is continuing unabated in total defiance of international law and the fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations particularly the previsions of the UN Charter which calls for refraining “from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purpose of the United Nations.”
While the said regime continues its war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Palestinians and other Arab peoples under its brutal occupation, particularly against the innocent Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, it also persists on its vicious threats against the nations that show sympathy to the innocent Palestinian people, including against my country. As the latest example in this regard and emboldened by the absence of any action on the part of the United Nations, Israeli regime’s President Shimon Peres, repeated the same unlawful threats in an interview on 12 April 2009 by saying “we’ll strike” Iran. Prior to that and in an interview conducted on 31st March 2009, the Israeli regime’s current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, had said that the said regime “may attack Iran’s nuclear facilities”.
These outrageous threats of resorting to criminal and terrorist acts against a sovereign country and a Member of the United Nations, not only display the aggressive and warmongering nature of the Zionist regime, but also constitute blatant violations of international law and the most fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations, and require a clear and resolute response on the part of the United Nations, particularly the Security Council. The Security Council should react to these vicious statements by unambiguously condemning them and calling on the said regime to cease and desist immediately from the threat of using force against Members of the United Nations.
As we have stressed time and again, while the Islamic Republic of Iran has never threatened nor has nay intention to threaten other nations, nonetheless and in response to any aggression, it will not hesitate to act in self-defense to protect itself and its people in accordance with its inherent right under Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations.
I would appreciate it if you could circulate this letter as a document of the Security Council. Please accept, Excellency, the assurance of my highest consideration.
H.E. Mr. Claude Heller
President, Security Council
United Nations, New York