United Nations, New York, March 21, 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.
Dollowing 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 verbale dated March 13, 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 past 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.
"Statements delivered at the AIPAC meeting in Washington on March 5-7, 2006 by the US Vice-President and Permanent Representative to the United Nations threaten Iran with `tangible and painful consequences' and the `use of all tools at our disposal' to make it abandon its nuclear activities.
"Rest assured that although we do not rely on the Security Council as the only tool in our toolbox to address this problem and are already beefing up our defensive measures, the statements and publications are simply the latest and more vulgar in US threats to resort to unlawful, unacceptable and dangerous use of force (against Iran).
"The statements, furthermore, show the US' contempt for the UN Security Council and other multilateral mechanisms, and its intention to abuse the very same mechanisms are 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 March 15, 2005 and the "National Security Strategy" issued by the White House on March 16, 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 the Security Council.
"It is indeed regrettable that past failures have emboldened senior US officials and even others to consider the threat or use of force, both of which are specifically rejected under Article 2(4) of the Charter as violations of one of the most fundamental principles of the Organization, as options available on the table.
"The United Nations has a fundamental responsibility to reject those 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, Your Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.
(Signed) M. Javad Zarif
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