New York, Sept 13, IRNA - Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations on
Friday strongly condemned the US for illegal action against the Islamic Republic
of Iran Shipping Lines, saying that it targeted the welfare of the Iranian
In a statement issued on Friday, the Iranian mission denounced the unwarranted
move by the United States on September 10, 2008 in labeling baseless allegations
and taking illegal unilateral measures against the IRISL, to exert pressure on
thousands of ordinary shareholders of the company.
"The said illegal and unjustifiable measures that are taken under false
pretexts, yet again put on display the unilateralist approach of the United
States, and constitute another example of US contempt for international law, and
are indeed doomed to fail because of their hegemonic, illegitimate and illegal
nature," the statement added.
The Islamic Republic of Iran categorically rejects the baseless allegations made
by the US against the IRISL, and strongly condemns the said US invalid
unilateral measures, it added.
The statement further noted that the IRISL has been operating under the rules
and regulations of international law pertaining to the carriage of goods by sea,
and as such, has never engaged in illicit activities including "proliferation
activities", since there are such activities in Iran.
As stressed, time and again, by the officials of the International Atomic Energy
Agency and as reflected in the agency's numerous reports, the nuclear program of
the Islamic Republic of Iran is purely peaceful and there is no single evidence
or indication to the contrary, it said.
"Given the US has failed to provide any evidence with regard to the so-called
"proliferation concerns" in Iran, nor has it presented any substantiation to its
allegations against IRISL, these unlawful unilateral measures only add to the
absurdity of such blind US policies and practices."
Equally unwarranted are the attempts by the United States to justify such
illegal actions by its false and perverted interpretation of the Security
Council resolution is, it never prescribes such measures, the statement said.
"It is abundantly clear that these measures are intended to target the welfare
of the Iranian nation, and to exert undue pressure on thousands of ordinary
shareholders of this company," it said.
Therefore, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran reserves its right to
seek compensation for the damages that may be incurred to its citizens as a
result of such unfounded accusations and unlawful unilateral measures.
The statement said that history should have taught a lesson to the advocates of
unilateralism and hegemony, that no amount of pressure, intimidation and
unlawful measures will be able to break the resolve of a great nation that is
determined to defend its rights.
See full list of sanctioned
Iranian companies on the
web site of Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of Treasury.
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