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04/14/10

Iran accuses US of "blackmail"

Source: Radio Zamaneh


Mohammad Khazai

IRNA news agency reported that Iran has put in a formal complaint to the United Nations over the comments of US President Barack Obama which Tehran considers to be "nuclear blackmail.

Iran's envoy to the UN, Mohammad Khazai has written a letter to UN Secretary General and Security Council saying: "UN members should not tolerate or ignore such nuclear blackmail in the 21st century."

Mr. Khazai writes that Washington's new nuclear policy contains a threat of nuclear attack against Iran and maintains: "The United States, in an illegitimate manner, has identified a non-nuclear country as a target of its atomic weapons and is drawing its military plans on this basis."

Last week, United States announced that its new nuclear policy will limit its use of nuclear arsenal against countries that do not have nuclear arms but singled Iran and North Korea out of the equation for their failure to honour UN resolutions.

Islamic Republic authorities have reacted with fierce outrage to the latest US nuclear policy and Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei has called on the international community to condemn US "atomic threats" against Iran.

Iranian military commanders have also slammed this US policy and announced they are prepared to face any military intervention by foreign forces.

225 Members of the Iranian Parliament had also called on the foreign ministry to file a complaint against the US for "threatening world peace and security."

Mohammad Khazai calls on the UN members to take a firm initiative for complete nuclear disarmament in order to end all forms of threats and dangers from the use of nuclear arms.

Failure of negotiations in Vienna has intensified tensions between Iran and the West, and the US is intent on starting new sanctions against Iran in order to secure control of its nuclear activities.


The full text of Iran UN ambassador letter to UNSC

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

No: 135 13 April 2010

Excellency,

On 6 April 2010 , the United States government published its Nuclear Posture Review [NPR] which outlines the U.S. nuclear strategy and policy, and among others, contains groundless allegations against the peaceful nuclear program of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Following the release of NPR, some high-ranking officials of the United States including the U.S. President and Secretaries of State and Defense, on the basis of wholly wrong assumption, have made public and implicit statements, threatening to use nuclear weapons against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

For instance, Secretary of Defense of the United States, in a news briefing held on 6 April 2010 at the Pentagon, asserted that "the NPR has a very strong message for Iran ..., because whether it's in declaratory policy or in other elements of the NPR, we essentially carve out states like Iran .... And basically all options are on the table when it comes to countries in that category".

He added "so, if there is a message for Iran here, it is that... all options are on the table in terms of how we deal with you."

In view of these developments, I would like to draw your kind attention to the following points:

1- Such inflammatory statements which are tantamount to nuclear blackmail against a non-nuclear-weapon State signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) constitute a serious violation of the United States obligations and commitment, under international law, particularly Article 2 (4) of the Charter of the United Nations and also the provisions of the Security Council resolution 984 (1995), to refrain from the threat or use of force against any State.

2- It is evident that these statements are not only declaration of intention but also part of official document which articulate the United States policy on first use of nuclear weapons, at its discretion, against a non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the NPT, and, therefore, pose a real threat to international peace and security and undermine the credibility of the NPT.

Such remarks by the U.S officials display once again the reliance of the U.S government on militarized approach to various issues, to which the threats of use of nuclear weapons are not a solution at all.

3- The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a victim of weapons of mass destruction in the recent history, is firmly committed to pursuing the realization of a world free from weapons of mass destruction, not only in words, but also by full implementation of three major legal instruments banning weapons of mass destruction, namely NPT, Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).

In addition, the Islamic Republic of Iran has categorically and consistently rejected the development, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons on religious and constitutional grounds.

Iran's nuclear activities are, and always have been, for peaceful purposes.

4- After 40 years since the entry into force of the NPT, and while the U.S. officials are apparently advocating the nuclear non-proliferation, let's not forget that the United States as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon against the citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a result of which 200,000 people perished, continues to illegitimately designate a non-nuclear weapon State as target of its nuclear weapons and contemplates military plans accordingly.

In view of the above-mentioned points, members of the United Nations should not condone or tolerate such nuclear blackmail in 21st century, and should take resolute action to ensure the total elimination of all nuclear weapons as the only absolute guarantee against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.

In this regard, the United Nations and its relevant organs have a fundamental responsibility to strongly oppose the threat of use of nuclear weapons and to reject it.

It would be highly appreciated if this letter could be circulated as a document of the Security Council and that of the General Assembly, under agenda item 9, 82, 92, 93, 96 and 107.

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

Mohammad Khazaee
Ambassador
Permanent Representative

H.E. Mr. Takasu,
President of the Security Council
United Nations, New York

CC: 
H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary General
United Nations, New York

H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki
President of the General Assembly
United Nations, New York

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