Iran has called on the United Nations to stop the United States from making threats of a military attack against its nuclear installations. In a letter Monday to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Iran's U.N. ambassador, Javad Zarif, urged Mr. Annan and the U.N. Security Council to take action against Washington's illegal threats against Iran. Following is the full text of the letter.
Upon instructions from my Government and pursuant to my letter No 094 dated 17 March, 2006 published as document A/60/730-S/2006/178 of the United Nations' General assembly and Security Council, I wish to inform you that the use of false pretexts by various senior officials of the United States to make public and illegal threats of resort to force against the Islamic Republic of Iran, is continuing unabated in total contempt of international law and fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations. These insolent threats have even entered a new phase by the publication of the recent news in US newspapers revealing the consideration of nuclear strikes in US aggressive policy against the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the subsequent refusal of senior US officials to deny it.
In this regard, on Tuesday April 18, 2006, in a question-and-answer session in the White House and being asked whether U.S. options regarding Iran "include the possibility of a nuclear strike" and whether his administration is planning for such a prospect, President George W. Bush refused to rule out a U.S. nuclear strike on Iran and instead replied: "All options are on the table" .Moreover, on Thursday 20 April 2006, US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, speaking to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, and in reply to a question on Iran said :"... we are prepared to use measures at our disposal - political, economic and others", and yet again she reiterated the US President's view that: "all options remain on the table".
Such dangerous statements, particularly those of the Unites States President, widely considered in political and media circles as a tacit confirmation of the shocking news on the administration's possible contemplation of nuclear strikes against certain targets in Iran, defiantly articulate the United States policies and intentions on the resort to nuclear weapons in contravention of international law, the Charter of the United Nations, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and other United States multilateral undertakings on negative security assurances.
In view of the past illegal behavior of the United States, these assertions yet again constitute matters of extreme gravity that require an urgent, concerted and resolute response on the part of the United Nations and particularly the Security Council. It is indeed regrettable that past failures of the United Nations in responding to these illegal and inexcusable threats have emboldened senior United States officials to go further and even consider the use of nuclear weapons as an "option on the table".
It would 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 and 110, and of the Security Council.
M. Javad Zarif
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